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Early voting in Clark County surpasses expectations

Posted at 3:26 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 16:01:55-05

CLARK COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — The message "vote early" has been at the forefront over the last few weeks in an effort to avoid long lines and keep people healthy on Election Day. In Clark County, it seems voters have been listening and following the call to action.

A chilly, but sunny fall day got people out of the house and to the Clark County Courthouse for the last day of early voting. The last three weeks have kept workers and Clark County Clerk Michelle Turner busy.

“I knew it was going to be crazy, but I didn't think it was going to be this crazy. Not for early voting,” said Turner.

This year, there are more than 30,000 registered voters in Clark County. About 5,800 absentee ballots were mailed out and more than 9,000 people voted early. With the early turnout, Turner hopes it makes things a bit easier Tuesday.

“I'm not expecting it to be as busy as it has been here [at the courthouse,] but how do I know that? We're prepared for it,” she said.

While it's been a busy election season, Turner says she enjoyed seeing so many people participate this year.

“I think there are more,” said Turner. “Either people are wanting to get out to exercise their vote to just to get out period. I think there are going to be more.”

There will be four polling locations in Clark County for Election Day.

  • Clark County Courthouse, 34 South Main Street, Winchester, KY 40391
  • Cooperative Extension Office, 1400 Fortune Drive, Winchester, KY 40391
  • Strode Station School, 1750 Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Winchester, KY 40391
  • Campbell Jr. High, 620 Boone Avenue, Winchester, KY 40391