Kentucky, Indiana polls prepare for big turnout


by Claudia Coffey

Posted on November 5, 2012 at 7:34 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 5 at 7:41 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The polls open in a little less than 12 hours and officials in Indiana and Kentucky are gearing up for a big turnout.

A lot of the precincts have moved, affecting roughly 12,000 households in Jefferson County. Here's what you need to know before you head out the door to cast your vote.

"If you just have a seat, they'll be calling you back there shortly."

If early voting in Southern Indiana and Jefferson County is any indication, expect long lines.

"They are so busy, " Laura Glieb, a Southern Indiana voter, said.

Laura Glieb was one of the many who stood in long lines to cast an early ballot.

"Look at this today? I know I never thought it would be so busy here," Glieb said.

In Jefferson County, the clerk's office is expecting close to 80 percent turnout.

"That's a lot people who are gonna get out and vote," Nore Ghibaudy with the Jefferson County Clerk's Office said.

Whether you are voting in Southern Indiana or Jefferson County there are some basic facts you need to know.

The polls are open from 6 a.m. til 6 p.m. If you are in line at 6 p.m. you will be able to vote. And you must have a driver's license or government issued ID. Both states are expecting a big turnout, the presidential race being the biggest draw but both have major races attracting voters.

"We have a Governor on the ballot in Indiana which is bringing out a lot of people, " Barbara Haas with the Clark County Clerk's Office said.

In Jefferson County, it’s the school board race.

“With what's happened within the last couple of weeks with test scores and then with busing, with accidents, things that have happened. I think there is a great interest in the people that are gonna represent them on the school board," Ghibaudy said.

Both states are on alert for voter fraud. Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says a task force is concerned about paying for votes with pills, bills or even gravel.

"In the event that something occurs you will see prosecution efforts being undertaken. Our elections are not for sale and no election fraud will be tolerated," Grimes said.

To report voter fraud call 1-800-328-VOTE (800-328-8683).

For questions about voting in Indiana click here.

For questions about voting in Kentucky click here.