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 
the office.
    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.

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