Special election in western Ky. causes confusion

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Associated Press

Posted on November 26, 2013 at 4:02 PM

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) — An upcoming special election for state representative in western Kentucky is causing confusion partly due to legislative redistricting.

Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce President Amy Jackson told the Messenger-Inquirer (http://bit.ly/1enKdkp) that many people aren't sure whether they can vote in the Dec. 10 election. The chamber is heading up drive encouraging people to cast ballots.

The Daviess County Clerk's office recently drew new borders in 17 of the 20 local districts and sent out cards to affected voters, but Jackson says there's still confusion about who can vote.

Voters will chose between Republican Suzanne Miles of Owensboro and Democrat Kim Humphrey of Morganfield. They are running to replace Democrat John Arnold of Sturgis, who stepped down after being accused of sexual harassment. Arnold has denied the allegations.

Daviess County Supervisor of Elections Richard House said the 7th District used to include a few precincts in Daviess County, a few in Henderson County and all of Union. Now, Daviess County is the population center with 17,000 registered voters. The other counties have a total of 14,500 combined.

House said the clerk's office mailed post cards this month to people about the precinct changes, but they went to all residents affected by the changes, not just those in District 7.

"We can't afford to send out a card to every voter in District 7," House said. "We'll be running newspaper ads that show the precincts in that district."

House said the clerk's website — http://www.daviesscountyelections.org — also has information about the redrawn precincts and the upcoming election.

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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer, http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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