Last updated: May 19. 2014 1:02PM - 898 Views
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Polls will be open today for the primary election in Logan County from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There will be several races on the ballot for Democrats, but only a couple for Republicans.

For Republican voters, they will have only one local race - for Logan County Jailer, as Phil Gregory is running against Chris Hightower for that party’s nomination.

Also, the Republican nomination for U.S. Senator is also on the ballot with longtime incumbent Mitch McConnell running against several challengers, the most notable being Matt Bevin. Also on the ballot are Brad Copas, Chris Payne and Shawna Sterling.

Logan County Democrats will be voting in several races - including five of six magistrate districts.

The countywide races include jailer, where Ed Hardin is running against Wendell Jackson; sheriff, where incumbent Wallace Whittaker is being challenged by Steve Hadden and Robert Kimmell; and coroner, where incumbent Mary Givens is running against Tina Hudsen McKinney and Cheryl Allen.

The magistrate races include:

  • District 1, where incumbent Russell Poore is running against Lynn Embry
  • District 2, where incumbent Jack Crossley is running against Wayne Stratton
  • District 3, where incumbent Barry Joe Wright is facing five challengers - Bobby G. Moore, Chris Wilcutt, Gary Lee Sears, Roger Dale Knight and William Sanford
  • District 4, where incumbent Drexel Johnson is being challenged by Dale Givens and Mike Kirby
  • and in District 6, where incumbent Thomas Bouldin is being challenged by Clay Bilyeu

There are also a pair of federal races on the Democrat ballot. For U.S. Senator, Alison Lundergren Grimes is running against Burrel Charles Farnsley, Tom Recktenwalk and Gregory Brent Leichty. And for U.S. Representative, Charles Kendall Hatchett is running against Wesley Seaton Bolin.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding voters of Election Day “Do’s and Don’ts” of Kentucky’s Primary Election.

“Kentucky is at its best when every voice is heard,” said Grimes. “I hope this information will help voters avoid surprises on Election Day.”

• DO verify your voter registration status before you head to the polls. Registration status is available through the Voter Information Center (VIC).

• DO know where you vote. You can find the address of and driving directions to your polling location through VIC.

• DO know the most convenient times to vote. Polls tend to be busiest during the morning and evening rush hours and at lunchtime.

• DO bring appropriate identification to your polling location. You must either be known by a precinct officer or produce a driver’s license, social security card, credit card, or other form of identification that contains both a picture and signature in order to cast a ballot.

• DON’T wait until the last minute to head to the polls or be discouraged by long lines. Remember, as long as you are in line by 6 p.m. local time on May 20th, you will be allowed to cast your ballot.

• DON’T campaign or solicit votes within 300 feet of a polling place. Electioneering in the immediate area around a polling place is illegal in Kentucky.

• DON’T record the identity of voters in the voting room, including through the use of cameras and cell phones.

• DO ask a poll worker for instructions on how to use the voting machine or other procedural questions if you are confused about the voting process.

• DO let officials know immediately if you encounter any problems at the polls. You can address issues with your precinct election officers, the county clerk, the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100, or the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE.

• DON’T forget to thank your poll workers. This election would not be possible without them, and they deserve our appreciation.

• DO remind your friends and family to vote. Our democratic society is at its best when all eligible voters’ voices are heard at the polls.

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