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Tuesday's primary will decide the shape of Kentucky's top contest. Here's what you need to know in Lexington.

Josh James

Voter turnout is expected to barely break double digits Tuesday, with a short ballot and the lack of a competitive contest on the Democratic side. In Lexington, a new county clerk will be overseeing the process.

Tuesday’s gubernatorial primary will be the first election with former councilwoman Susan Lamb in the Fayette County Clerk seat. But she says the process is already well underway.

"We've already had early voting, absentee with excuse, and we've had the voting center," she says. "I want to increase the participation and the voter turnout for those next year. And we have our absentee ballot process that has been taking place. We've already had two days that we've opened up over 1,000 ballots and we'll finish that process tomorrow."

Apart from two minor – now resolved -- issues with voters who were unaware of requirements to vote, Lamb says things are moving smoothly. Asked about the heightened politics surrounding the voting process, the clerk says, while she’s aware of the environment, there haven’t been any disruptions.

During the last election, some snags produced a delay on Fayette County’s numbers. Lamb says her department anticipates that those bugs have been fixed.

As for the voting process itself, she says there are no changes, but she plans to make it a priority to provide more upfront education to voters who have questions or concerns.

"Sometimes you really have to really get that education out there. You have to really push it because some people aren't necessarily going to come to you and ask," Lamb says. "It's my intention to really push that envelope."

Secretary of State Michael Adams recently revised his turnout prediction down to around 10 percent. Lambs says she can’t put a number on Fayette County, but she hopes it will buck the trend.


Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.