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Fayette County clerk: 'Steady is good' on strong early voting

Posted at 5:36 PM, Nov 02, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-02 18:29:46-05

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — It's the question people are asking across Kentucky. How long will it take to vote on Election Day?

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins Jr. says the strong early voting and absentee numbers should keep pressure off Tuesday, at least he hopes.

"It's very difficult to estimate what the turnout is going to be, but that doesn't mean we can't at least try," said Blevins, who remains optimistic about his math.

He has said all along if around ten-thousand Fayette County voters head to the polls Tuesday, Election Day should be manageable. As of Monday afternoon, Blevins reported 92% of absentee ballots returned, matching the primary total. He said an additional 51,000 people are voting early in-person. When and where you vote Tuesday could depend on how long you wait in line.

"If they all try to crowd in at Beaumont, they're going to have a big long line there," said Blevins.

Monday morning through the lunch hour, people walked right in to vote at the Beaumont Library. Blevins says it and the Tates Creek Library have been the busiest of the eight polling locations. He recommends voting at the Dunbar Center to beat the crowd, which he says has had fewer voters.

Justin Gibson of Lexington voted early at the Beaumont location.

"There was no line, you've heard a lot of stories that polling places are backed up to the brim, so I can't tell if that was good or bad."

Blevins says steady is good. Fayette County Election Day voters will find out tomorrow if he's right.