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Primary Election Round Up: Who Won? What's Next?

May 22, 2019

  Governor

Incumbent Republican Gov. Matt Bevin has won a closer-than-expected primary election and will face Attorney General Andy Beshear during this year’s race to be Kentucky’s next governor.

The two men have been political rivals since taking office more than three years ago with Beshear, a Democrat, filing a series of lawsuits against Bevin over executive orders and a controversial pension bill. For more, check out the full story by Ryland Barton.

WEKU Coverage Of Kentucky Primary 2019

May 21, 2019
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WEKU is your source for the 2019 Kentucky Primary Elections. Stay with us today as we bring you informative programming with Kentucky Tonight from media partner KET at 11am.

NPR's Here and Now will broadcast live from our media partner WFPL in Louisville today at noon. Tonight at 7 p.m., listen to our live call-in special taking your questions and comments about the Kentucky Primaries.

WFPL's Ryland Barton will host. 

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  Q: Where is my polling place?

A: You can find your polling place at GoVoteKY.com.

 

Q: Am I entitled to time off for voting on Election Day?

A: If you are working on Election Day, you may be entitled to a maximum of four consecutive hours off from work in order to vote or cast an absentee ballot if you make a request for time off with your employer.

Associated Press

 Poll workers in 103 of Kentucky’s 120 counties will use electronic poll books to check in voters for Tuesday's primary.

Daviess County Clerk Leslie McCarty said last year the county used an electronic poll book in just one precinct.

She said that worked out well, so in Tuesday's primary all of Daviess County’s 85 precincts will be using E-poll books.

Matt Markgraf

Prominent Kentucky Republicans are urging grassroots efforts to expand GOP influence in Frankfort by flipping the last two Democratic constitutional offices in the upcoming election. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, Governor Matt Bevin and Congressman James Comer joined incumbent officers and Republican office-seekers at the First District Lincoln Reagan Dinner Saturday night in Murray.

Sanders Requests Ky. Primary Re-Canvass

May 24, 2016

Senator Bernie Sanders has requested a re-canvass of votes cast in Kentucky’s Democratic presidential primary, narrowly won by Hillary Clinton.    

Capitol reporter Ryland Barton says recent re-canvasses haven’t changed the outcome of elections in Kentucky. 

The re-canvass is essentially a re-tabulation of results from each precinct. It’ll be conducted on Thursday by the Secretary of State’s office.

Bernie Sanders Supporters Pack Paducah Convention Center

May 16, 2016
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Bernie Sanders supporters began lining up for his rally in Paducah before sunrise Sunday to secure a seat close enough for a handshake from the presidential hopeful.  

Sanders needs 65 percent of the remaining delegates to receive a nomination before the convention. The Vermont Senator believes if he can manage to win the majority, super-delegates aside, he can not only maintain the spirit of the democratic process “one person one vote” but he can also beat Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Twenty-nine year old Alia Clement is a “die hard Bernie fan.”

Ky AG Encourages Voters to Report Fraud

May 19, 2014
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Federal and State law enforcement agencies are looking to the general public to report improper electioneering and voter fraud on Tuesday.  The state attorney general's office is taking calls at one-800-328-vote.  

Attorney General Jack Conway admits the anticipated low voter participation in this primary increases the chances of fraud,  "In a low turnout with a lot of local elections, that's where you tend to see a lot of the corruption problems."  "That's where those of us in law enforcement who are monitoring elections need to be the most vigilant," said Conway.

6th District Republican candidates on Ky. Tonight

Apr 30, 2012

On this week's edition of Kentucky Tonight, host Bill Goodman will talk with candidates in the 6th Congressional District Republican primary.  The program, which airs on KET Monday night at 8:00, will be re-broadcast Tuesday morning at 11:00 on the WEKU stations.

WEKU will broadcast three special news programs in the afternoon and evening of Tuesday March 6, 2012.

NPR's "live" coverage of South Carolina Primary results will be available online and on the air Saturday night.

In the wake of Tuesday’s primary election, Kentucky Republicans, including Senate President David Williams, will hold a unity rally Saturday at state GOP headquarters in Frankfort.  But the man Williams faces in the fall is already trying to spoil the party.

Polls Open, Record Low Turnout Expected

May 17, 2011

Kentucky elections officials are predicting the second-lowest voter turnout for a primary in more than 10 years. Secretary of State Elaine Walker predicts 10% of voters will go to the polls today.

Most politicians steer clear from discussions about ‘taxes.’ That’s particularly the case if the talk is about a new tax or a tax increase.  Still, ongoing concerns over Kentucky’s budget have some candidates in Tuesday’s primary talking about potential reforms.

Lt. Governors: Are They Expendable?

May 13, 2011

Imagine a job where the only function is taking-over if the boss quits, is fired, gets sick or even worse.  That pretty much describes Kentucky’s lieutenant governor.  Four people, one Democrat and three Republicans, are campaigning for that job.  And, as WEKU’s Charles Compton reports, their duties, will in large part, depend on who’s elected governor…

For the few citizens who are projected to participate in the May 17 primary election, Secretary of State Elaine Walker has released a “Do’s and Don’ts” list for Kentucky voters. “We want to make sure that people are informed about the upcoming election and their rights as voters,” says Walker.  “We hope more people participate in the upcoming election than we expect; and are trying to raise awareness about the primary election in every way possible.  This election is critically important and I encourage everyone to get out and vote.”

Secretary of State Elaine Walker is predicting low voter turnout for Tuesday’s primary election in Kentucky, even though voter registration numbers are up.  A record 2.9 million Kentuckians are now registered to vote. That’s 11,000 more than in the 2008 General Election, the previous record. But getting voters excited about Tuesday’s primary appears to be a tough sale, says Secretary of State Elaine Walker. She’s predicting voter turnout of around nine to ten percent.

Most of the seven candidates running for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner have one attention getting thing in common…they support legalizing industrial hemp.  WEKU’S Ron Smith reports on the growing political support for the once taboo plant.

The campaign woes continue for Kentucky Agriculture Commissioner Richie Farmer, who is featured in a Washington Post story for being a drag on the gubernatorial ticket with state Senate President David Williams, R-Burkseville, in the upcoming Republican primary.