Nearly 28,000 Pulaski County voters, an all-time record, are expected to go to the polls Tuesday to participate in probably the most contentious presidential election in history. And, somewhat overwhelmed by the presidential frenzy, 43 local city council, city commission and school board positions as well as a statewide race for the U.S. Senate are on the ballot.
Voting will continue for 12 hours, from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Tuesday. Kentucky does not permit early voting for all voters, but at last check seven days before the election, 834 absentee walk-ins had voted in the county clerk’s office; there had been 592 requests for mail-in absentee ballots and 60 ballot requests from military personnel. Deadline for mail-in absentee ballots passed November 1, and walk-in absentee voting will continue through Monday, November 7.
No doubt there will be lines at some of the larger precincts, especially late on Election Day when people get off work. If, at 6 p.m., voters are in line at a polling place, the precinct sheriff will stand at the end of the line and all potential voters in line ahead of the sheriff will get to vote before the polling place closes.
It goes without saying that Republican presidential nominee Donald J. Trump and his running mate Michael R. Pence and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton and her running mate Timothy Michael Kaine are at the head of the ballot.
If you’re fed up; if you’re sick at heart at the nastiness of the presidential campaign, there are plenty of choices. Political strategists say picking alternative candidates tosses your vote, but if you looking for relief you’ll find on the ballot Gary Johnson and running mate Bill Weld, Libertarian Party; Jill Stein and running mate Ajamu Baraka, Green Party; Rocky Roque De La Fuente and running mate Michael Steinberg, American Delta Party; and Evan McMullin and running mate Nathan Johnson, Independent.
If you still aren’t happy, 23 candidates and their running mates, including several from Kentucky, have filed Declarations of Intent as write-in candidates to seek the office of President of the United States. They are as follows (Kentucky residents are noted):
Darrell L. Castle and running mate Scott N. Bradley; Santa Roy A. Clark and running mate David L. Knight (Clark is from Ashland and Knight is from nearby London); Scott Cubbler and running mate Michael Rodriguez; Richard Duncan and running mate Ricky Johnson; Craig Ellis and running mate Irving D. Smith; Cherunda Fox and running mate Roger Kushner; Ben Hartnell and running mate Dave Marshall; Tom Hoefling and running mate Steve Schulin; Denny Carroll Jackson (Milton, Ky.) and running mate Michelle Faye Hicks (Vevay, Ind.); Chris Keniston and running mate Deacon Taylor; Laurence Kotlikoff and running mate Edward Leamer; William Martin Ling (Owensboro, Ky.) and running mate Robert E. Ling (Beaver Dam, Ky.); Richard Turner Luesing Jr. and running mate Paul Dudley Bowling III., both of Louisville; Joseph Maldonado and running mate Douglas Terranova; Michael A. Maturen and running mate Juan A. Munoz; David Perry and running mate Eric “Rick” Seiley; Marshall Schoenke and running mate James Mitchell Jr.; Mike Smith and running mate Daniel White; Timothy Allen Stevens and running mate John Paul Mabry Jr., both of Olive Hill, Ky.; Sheila “Samm” Tittle and running mate R. Charles Casper-Kacprowicz; Anthony J. Valdivia and running mate Aaron Barriere; Jerry White and running mate Niles Niemuth; and Daniel Paul Zutler and running mate Valerie M. Michaels.
To vote for a write-in candidate, Kentucky law says voters must write in the candidate’s surname on the ballot but may additionally write in any of the name variations (candidate) has provided to the (secretary of state) in determining voter intent when counting write-in votes on Election Day. No name variations were listed on the secretary of state’s website.
Names of candidates without opposition will be on the General Election ballot for complimentary votes. (Candidates for local and state offices are named in a separate story).
By BILL MARDIS Commonwealth Journal Nov 6, 2016