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Kentucky primary day: Voters at Expo Center say voting was 'quick and easy'

Voters we spoke to throughout the day said there were no lines and the whole process took less than 10 minutes.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Voters had many options to cast their ballots in the primary election – they could vote by absentee ballot, vote in person early, or go to the Kentucky Expo Center to vote Tuesday.

The Expo Center was the only polling place in Jefferson County.

Since the Expo Center is so big, there weren’t many lines throughout the day. Voters told us the whole process once they got in the doors took about five to 10 minutes, with most of that time spent walking across the Expo Center.

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“I thought it was going to be a longer line, but it really wasn’t,” Shaila Williams said.

“We thought it was very smooth,” Donna Watkins said. “We pulled in, we had somebody show us where to park.”

Getting into the Expo Center wasn't the easiest for some voters. With one entrance closed due to construction, circling around the whole property was their only option.

"You guys knew there was going to be traffic, why in the world are we narrowing it down to one lane?" Robert McAlmont Jr. said.

Most voters drove to the polls, but some took free TARC buses or free Lyft rides from the Louisville Urban League and the Charles Booker campaign.

Katherine Williams requested an absentee ballot but didn’t get it in time, so she got a ride from the Booker campaign to the polls.

Katherine just got her voting rights restored and made sure she voted in this election.

“It’s been a long time since I’ve voted, but I’ve enjoyed doing this,” Katherine said.

She says it’s time for new leadership. The desire for change is the reason a lot of people said they came out to the Expo Center.

“Because of what’s been going on with the pandemic, with the Black Lives Matter movement, everybody is looking for a change,” Shaila said.

“We need to vote for good change, positive change,” Watkins said.  

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