Darren Doyle, story and photo
Folks have steadily voted all over Edmonson County today in what appears to end up being a near 60%-65% voter turnout, a number unheard of here, locally.
Normally, up to a 50% voter turnout is all that's expected during general Presidential elections in the county, but local voting officials say they believe Edmonson County voters see more at stake.
"People will vote their convictions and beliefs when they feel like it really matters," said Sheriff Shane Doyle, who is also a member of the county election board. "The voters that I've talked to are really concerned about the current political landscape and they want to make sure their vote is counted."
County Clerk Kevin Alexander said the overall numbers by midday were very high.
"People were already lined up at several places before the polls opened this morning at 6AM," he said. "There has been a good turnout at each polling place throughout the county so far with some really strong numbers."
Alexander said for the most part, the voting process has gone smoothly county-wide, with no major issues.
"We tried our best to publicize the re-opening of the Wingfield polling place, but there were still some people who were unaware. There are always voters that will call our office at the last minute to try to find out where they're supposed to vote. Of course, we're here for that, but we've really tried hard to keep folks informed of those things. We're just glad we're seeing such a high number of voters today."