Despite Changes in Polling Places, Fayette Clerk Not Expecting Lower Turnout Due to Redistricting
The Kentucky Legislature's re-drawing of political boundaries last year could impact Tuesday's voting activity. The 2013 redistricting shifted many addresses into new State Senate and State House Districts. In some cases, precinct boundaries were moved.
Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins says post cards went out to voters prior to the primary. "Some people are definitely voting in a new or different precinct and some people are definitely voting in a new location, but there's so much change that we felt the need to tell all voters please double check where you are voting and what precinct you're in as well as what races you are eligible to vote for."
Blevins doesn't anticipate new legislative boundaries will further diminish voter turnout. "I don't think so, I think most people that are motivated to vote, don't have any problem finding a new precinct or a new location or even figuring out which races they can and can't vote for. If you're motivated to vote, you're gonna find a way to do it," added Blevins.
Based on absentee balloting, the county clerk anticipates about a third of registered voters in Fayette County will get to the polls for Tuesday's primary election.