Voters head to the polls Tuesday — here’s what they’ll find

Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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Kentucky voters will go to the polls Tuesday, May 22 to select candidates for the November General Election.

Only three local races, all involving Democrats will appear on Mason County Primary Election ballots. They include the race for County Attorney pitting incumbent John Estill against Maysville attorney Bryan Underwood. Current Jailer Lisa Kern-Yeary, who was appointed last year following the retirement of Lisa O’Hearn, is opposed by former deputy jailer Stephanie Wood.

Voters will choose among three candidates for County Commissioner for District 2— Chris O’Hearn, Curtis Rosser and Woodie Insko. Current Commissioner Annette Walters is not running for reelection.

In neighboring counties, those appearing on the ballot include:

Bracken County — Only Democrats will appear on the ballot since, like Mason County, there are no Republican races in the Primary Election.

Candidates for Circuit Clerk include incumbent Heather Rechtin who was appointed following the retirement of long-tine clerk Cathy Free, and challenger Cindy Bravard Berry. Three candidates have tossed their hat into the ring to replace retiring Judge-Executive Earl Bush. They are Tina Teegarden, Rob Schweitzer and Ashley King. Current County Clerk Rae Jean Poe faces off against Jimmy Arthur and Sheriff Howard Wayne Neimeier faces challengers James B. Co, the current jailer, and Kevin Stears. In the jailer’s race, voters will select on of three candidates — Eddie Tucker, R,D. Danny Woodruff and Charlie Clos.

Magistrates candidates on the Bracken County ballot include incumbent Carl Allen Jr. and Jerome Lynn Hay in District 1; Craig Miller and Jackie Hopkins is District 2; Wendell High and incumbent David Kelsch in District 3; Christopher Ford and incumbent David Mark Hughes in District 4; incumbent John H. Corlis and Mark Tucker in District 6; Eric Bravard and incumbent Doug Smitty Smith in District 7; and Jeff Williams and incumbent Dennis Jefferson in District 8.

Kile Brooks and Greg L. Cummins will face off for the constable position in District 5.

Fleming County — On the Democratic side of the ballot, Fleming voters will find the race for Fourth District Magistrate pitting incumbent James Smoot against Danny Stephens and in District 5, Shawn Royce faces incumbent Rickey Lewis.

Lewis County — In Lewis County, Republican voters will select between candidates incumbent Glenda K. Himes and Leslie A. Collier in the race for County Clerk. Other contest on the Republican side of the ballot include District 1 Magistrate with candidates Johnny Osborne and incumbent Terri Thomas; and District 4 Magistrate with incumbent Steve Applegate and challenger Chuck Swearingen. Incumbent David Lancaster and challenger Jeremy R. Hampton will face off for the District 1 Constable seat with Cary Highfield, incumbent Mark Riley and Joseph A. Kane in competition for the same seat in District 2.

Robertson County — Voters in Kentucky’s smallest county will choose between incumbent County Judge-Executive Stephanie Bogucki and Billy Hammer Allison, who is a former holder of the office. Sheriff Mark Sutton will face opposition from Benny Renner and Scott Johnson.

In magisterial races, voters in District 1 will choose between Vernon Kenny Highfield, Marvin Stewart and incumbent Terry L. Norris; in District 3, incumbent Larry Jones faces Sherry Cain Myers and in District 5, Billy Stitt will face incumbent Donnie Moore.

Races for state and national offices which will appear on local ballots include Democrats Seth Hall, Patti Piatt and Christina Lord for U.S. Representative to Congress from the Fourth District in Mason County, Bracken County and Lewis County with Chuck Eddy and incumbent Andy Barr in the Republican race for U.S. Representative to Congress from the Sixth District in Fleming County and Robertson County, Democratic candidates for the Sixth District include David Kemph, Theodore David Green, Jim Gray, Geoffrey M. Geoff Young, Amy McGrath and Reggie Thomas in those two counties.

Polls in Kentucky open at 6 a.m. and remain open until 6 p.m. or until all voters in line at 6 p.m. have voted.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official, is reminding voters of Election Day “Do’s and Don’ts.” in advance of Kentucky’s election on May 22.

“This is a major midterm election year with races up and down the ballot from the federal to the local level,” said Grimes. “These tips will help voters get prepared and to help our elections run smoothly.”

— DO verify your voter registration status before you head to the polls. Registration status is available GoVoteKY.com, Kentucky’s one-stop voter portal.

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

— 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 22, you will be allowed to cast your ballot.

— DON’T record the identity of other 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.

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Mary Ann Kearns

[email protected]