Voter turnout for the November 5 general election is expected to be
at about the same rate as last spring, when only about 20 percent of
Wayne County voters went to the polls for the primary.
So far, early voting has been light, according to Wayne County Clerk
Heather Piercy. As of last week only 87 voters had cast votes on the
absentee machine or had voted by paper absentee ballot.
Piercy said she expects that number to increase during the final
week before the election. She added that the absentee voting machine
located in her office will remain open during regular business hours
through Monday, November 4.
The Wayne County Clerk's Office will be open Saturday, November 2
from 8 a.m. to 12 noon to help accommodate voters who may need to
vote by absentee machine.
Voter interest is normally light in an election where there are few
local races on the ballot. There's only one local race on the
ballot, as city voters will select the person who will fulfill the
term of former Monticello City councilman Scott Flynn, who resigned
earlier this year.
Scott Gehring was appointed and has been serving in that position
since last spring. He is also on the ballot as a candidate. The other
candidate on the ballot is Lana E. Hoskins.
The winner in the council race will serve through the end of 2020 to
complete Flynn's term. All city council seats will appear on the
ballot in November 2020 as part of the regular election.
Otherwise, Wayne County voters will be making decisions regarding
who will server in Frankfort for the next four years. At the top of
the ballot is the race for Governor.
Incumbent republican Governor Matt Bevin is opposed by democrat Andy
Beshear, who is currently Kentucky's Attorney General. Bevin's
running mate on the ballot is Ralph A. Alvarado. Beshear's running
mate is Jacqueline Coleman.
The gubernatorial ballot also includes John Hicks, a libertarian,
and his running mate Ann Cormican.
Former Miss America Heather French Henry is a very well-known
figure in Kentucky and she is the democratic candidate for Kentucky
Secretary of State. Michael G. Adams is the republican candidate for
With Beshear running for governor, that leaves a wide open race for
Kentucky Attorney General. Daniel Cameron, a republican, is opposed
by Gregory D. Stumbo, a democrat.
Current Auditor of Public Accounts Mike Harmon, a republican, is
seeking re-election. He is opposed by democratic candidate Sheri
Donahue and libertarian candidate Kyle Hugenberg.
Current State Treasurer Allison Ball, a republican, is also seeking
a second term in office. She is opposed by Michael Bowman, the
democratic candidate in the race.
Commissioner of Agriculture Ryan Quarles, a republican, is seeking
another term in office. He is opposed by democratic candidate Robert
Haley Conway and libertarian Josh Gilpin.
Local voters will also decided who will serve as judge on the Court
of Appeals, Third Appellate District, First Division. In the non-
partisan race, Jacqueline M. Caldwell will face Michael O. Caperton.
Polls will open next Tuesday at 6 a.m. and will remain open until 6
p.m. Polling places are the same as they were for the primary
election, according to Piercy.
She added that her office will only deal with election-related
business on Tuesday, November 5.
Anyone with questions regarding the election should contact the Wayne County Clerk's Office at (606) 348-6661.