CORBIN — By Jeff Noble, Carl Keith Greene and Charlotte Underwood / Staff Writers
As election day gets underway, clerks and elections boards are busy counting absentee ballots and gearing up for the final results that will pour in after the polls close at 6 p.m. this evening.
Voting in Knox County has been "very light" this morning, according to County Court Clerk Mike Corey.
Corey said the lack of local races is the reason for the low turnout so far.
"According to every report I've had, it's very light. Based of what I'm hearing it won't be ten percent. It might pick up in this area later in the day," said Corey during a phone interview around 11:30 a.m.
There are three races in Knox County that voters can choose from.
One is for the Democratic nominee for the 5th District seat in the U.S. House of Representatives where incumbent Congressman Harold "Hal" Rogers of Somerset awaits the outcome.
For the Democrats, perennial candidate Kenneth S. Stepp of Manchester is being challenged by Michael Ackerman of Morehead, who is making his first Congressional run.
The winner will face Rogers in November. Rogers, who is in his 16th straight term in Washington, has no GOP opposition.
As for the Presidential primaries, Republicans have five choices on the ballot. They include former Massachusetts Governor and presumptive GOP nominee Mitt Romney, former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania, former Georgia Congressman and House Speaker Newt Gingrich, current Congressman Ron Paul of Texas, and "uncommitted."
Ron Paul is the father of Kentucky's junior U.S. Senator, Rand Paul of Bowling Green.
For the Democrats, the Presidential choices are two. They include incumbent President Barack Obama, and "uncommitted".