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Voter turnout may be strong in Boyle Tuesday

If the volume of candidate signs in residents’ yards in Boyle County is any indications of possible voter turnout on Tuesday, there may be long lines at the polls.

“Voters should be prepared for a larger than normal turnout,” said Boyle County Clerk Trille Bottom. People should “prepare accordingly.”

For example, if someone normally chooses to vote during their lunch break, the wait could be too long, so they may want to vote earlier or after work. “I do expect a fairly large turnout,” Bottom said.

She said most county races this year have opposition and people seem to be interested many of them.

As usual, voting will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 6. And eligible voters must show some form of identification, preferably a driver’s license, Bottom said.

Since Boyle will be using electronic poll books for voters to sign instead of the large paper rosters like in years past, having a driver’s license to scan will make the sign-in process much quicker, Bottom said. However, other forms of identification such as a federal, state or county government identification card, Social Security card, or even a credit card will be accepted.

This year, there are two certified write-in candidates who voters may include on their ballots, Bottoms said. For a write-in vote to be counted, the candidate’s last name must be written in the blank space provided.

If a voter doesn’t know who the certified write-in candidates are, they need to ask a precinct worker to provide the information. Poll workers are not allowed to remind voters of the write-in candidates in any way — that’s why it’s the voter’s responsibility to ask for the information, Bottom said.

Also, if any candidates have withdrawn from the ballot, their names will be posted, Bottom said.

If people are waiting in lines to vote when the polls close at 6 p.m., the precinct sheriff will step in the back of the line and no one who enters behind the official will be allowed to vote, Bottom said. However, everyone in front of the precinct sheriff will be allowed to vote after the 6 p.m. deadline.

All voters must vote in the precinct where they reside. If you have moved into a new precinct from another Boyle County precinct, but failed to change your address at the county clerk’s office, you will still be allowed to vote at your new precinct in this general election, but you must take your identification to the Boyle County Board of Elections.

If someone has a complaint of election fraud, voting rights abuses, or any election violations on Tuesday, Nov. 6, they may call Kentucky Attorney General Andy Beshear’s Election Law Violations Hotline at (800) 328-VOTE (8683) from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

“Kentuckians who witnesses election irregularities or possible election law violations should contact our office immediately,” Beshear said. “If you see something, say something. It only takes a call to my office to obtain assistance and each report receives a careful review from an investigator.”

By law, Beshear’s office has jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute election law violations.

On Election Day, investigators from the Attorney General’s Office are located throughout the state and can immediately respond to complaints.

Beshear’s office coordinates election monitoring with the state Board of Elections, Secretary of State’s Office, Kentucky State Police, U.S. Attorney’s Office and the FBI, and Beshear’s staff reviews complaints and, when appropriate, refers them for further action.

Beshear’s office will provide public hotline updates during Tuesday’s election via a dedicated webpage — ag.ky.gov — and through social media — @kyoag on Twitter and Facebook.

The updates will include the number and types of complaints received on the hotline leading up to Tuesday’s General Election.

Beshear also reminds Kentuckians to be wary of voter registration and absentee ballot voting scams, which have been reported throughout the country.

Beshear issued a scam alert in October to help Kentuckians avoid providing their personal information over the phone to a scammer who claims he or she can help Kentuckians register to vote or vote by absentee ballot.

Beshear said Kentuckians cannot register to vote over the phone and the deadline to register to vote in Kentucky for the Nov. 6, 2018, election was Oct. 9.

Also, the United States Department of Justice has an Election Day Program in place to ensure the public’s confidence in the integrity of the election process by providing local points of contact within the department for the public to report possible election fraud and voting rights violations while the polls are open on Election Day.

Federal law protects against such crimes as intimidating or bribing voters, buying and selling votes, impersonating voters, altering vote tallies, stuffing ballot boxes, and marking ballots for voters against their wishes or without their input. It also contains special protections for the rights of voters, and provides that they can vote free from acts that intimidate or harass them.  For example, actions of persons designed to interrupt or intimidate voters at polling places by questioning or challenging them, or by photographing or videotaping them, under the pretext that these are actions to uncover illegal voting may violate federal voting rights law.  Further, federal law protects the right of voters to mark their own ballot or to be assisted by a person of their choice (where voters need assistance because of disability or illiteracy).

In order to respond to complaints of election fraud or voting rights abuses on Nov. 6, and to ensure that such complaints are directed to the appropriate authorities, the Assistant U.S. Attorney District Election Officer Thomas Dyke will be on duty in this district while the polls are open. He can be reached by calling (502) 625-7042.

In addition, the FBI will have special agents available in each field office and resident agency throughout the country to receive allegations of election fraud and other election abuses on Election Day. The Louisville FBI field office can be reached by calling (502) 263-6000.

Complaints about possible violations of the federal voting rights laws can also be made directly to the Civil Rights Division’s Voting Section in Washington, D.C., by calling (800) 253-3931 or (202) 307-2767; or by emailing voting.section@usdoj.gov; or by complaint form at justice.gov/crt/complaint/votintake/index.php.

Boyle County Precinct locations

1 — West Perryville: Perryville Baptist Church, 204 East Second St., Perryville (Bragg Street entrance)

2 — East Perryville: Perryville Baptist Church, 204 East Second St., Perryville (Bragg Street entrance)

3 — Mitchellsburg: Mitchellsburg Fire Station, 97 Old New Pike, Mitchellsburg

4 — Parksville: Parksville Baptist Church, 6610 Alum Springs Road, Parksville

5 — Bluegrass Road: Boyle County Fire Department Station 1, 1500 Lebanon Road, Danville

6 — East Parksville: Parksville Baptist Church, 6610 Alum Springs Road, Parksville

7 — West Junction City: Junction City First Baptist Church, U.S. 127 South, Junction City

8 — Junction City: Junction City First Baptist Church, U.S. 127 South, Junction City

9 — East Junction City: Junction City First Baptist Church, U.S. 127 South, Junction City

10 — RECC: Inter-County Energy, 1009 Hustonville Road

11 — Nazarene Church:  Inter-County Energy, 1009 Hustonville Road

12 — Perryville Road:  Inter-County Energy, 1009 Hustonville Road

13 — Clark’s Run:  Inter-County Energy, 1009 Hustonville Road

14 — Indian Hills: First Christian Church, 555 East Lexington Ave.

15 — Lexington Road: First Christian Church, 555 East Lexington Ave.

16 — Lancaster Road: First Christian Church, 555 East Lexington Ave.

17 — Danville High School: First Christian Church, 555 East Lexington Ave.

18 — SS. Peter and Paul: Salvation Army gym, 519 South Fourth St.

19 — Courthouse: Salvation Army gym, 519 South Fourth St.

20 — Centre College: Salvation Army gym, 519 South Fourth St.

21 — Lexington Avenue Baptist Church: American Legion Post 46, 45 Spears Lane

22 — Streamland: American Legion Post 46, 45 Spears Lane

23 — Boyle County High School: Boyle County Fire Department Station 1, 1500 Lebanon Road

24 — Millennium Park: Boyle County Fire Department Station 1, 1500 Lebanon Road

25 — Shakertown Road: American Legion Post 46, 45 Spears Lane