LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The doors opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday as voters trickled into the Jeffersontown High School gym. With their driver's license in hand and a quick signature in the books, voters penciled in their candidates.
Buddy Demling has experienced more than five decades of elections and crowds at the polls. He said the expected 30 percent turnout is nowhere close to the numbers an election like this should draw in.
"I think this is the lightest turnout I've seen. Things are so messed up, people have given up, I believe," Demling said.
Demling says change can only come from those who vote.
"If I don't, then it can't get any better, can it?" Demling asked.
"It goes back to, if you're not a part of the solution, you're a part of the problem, so if people don't come out to vote, they shouldn't complain," Heather Watson, another voter said.
They've witnessed their fair share of campaign ads.
"Predictable. Plenty of mudslinging," Kerry Slahta, a voter said.
But for these voters, it's an election they don't plan to miss.
"I think any election is important. We're so lucky to live in a country where we can vote and have a say and anytime you're allowed to let your voice be heard, you should take advantage of it," Rebecca Ohlemacher, a voter said.