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Election runs smoothly

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By Bryan Marshall

It wasn’t perfect, but election day went well for Grant County, according to County Clerk Leatha Conrad.

The lights were finally turned off at the clerk’s office nearly five hours after the polls closed at 6 p.m. Nov. 6.
Some voters claimed they were initially given wrong ballots while paper ballots ran out briefly in one precinct.

Conrad said one set of paper ballots ran out in precinct 9 in Corinth because turnout was heavier than expected.

“We called our vendor and they printed us some up and they sent them to Dry Ridge,” she said. “We then took them to the precincts. It took probably 45 minutes to an hour. They were delivering to another county too, and our county was halfway. (Voters) could use the E-slate machine at that time.”

A cartridge was also accidentally left in a machine at one precinct.
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, in her capacity as chair of the State Board of Elections and the Kentucky Election Integrity Task Force, reported that 135 inquiries from 47 counties were fielded on election day regarding the election, including procedural issues, electioneering complaints and questions regarding possible vote fraud and vote buying.

There was one call concerning a procedural issue in Grant County, but no specifics were released.
With 32 calls, Jefferson County had the largest number of inquiries.
Attorney General Jack Conway also announced that his Election Fraud Hotline received 183 calls from nearly 60 counties between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. during the election.

During the last presidential election in 2008, the Election Fraud Hotline received a total of 450 calls.

The Office of the Attorney General, by law, cannot provide details regarding specific complaints or possible pending investigations.
The Office of the Attorney General will select six counties in a random drawing and a post-election audit will be conducted in those counties.
Each county will undergo independent inquiries for any potential irregularities that may have occurred during the Nov. 6 election.

The public drawing must be done within 20 days of the election.
Despite any minor hiccups, Conrad was pleased with how the long day went.

“I thought it went smoother than I thought it would be,” she said.
Voter turnout and poll workers

Each of the 23 precincts in Grant County had four poll workers in charge of helping with the election.

They are paid $10 for a training and $140 for election day.
“They have to be trained before each election,” Conrad said.

Of the 16,125 registered voters in Grant County, 54.67 percent or 8,767 ballots were cast in 23 precincts.
Statewide, the turnout unofficially was 59.23 percent in 120 counties.

“I thought it would actually be more than that,” Conrad said. “There’s more people who get
out and vote in the presidential election.”

During the last presidential election in 2008, the voter turnout in Grant County was 59.5 percent and 64 percent statewide.