Adams credits early voting for smooth Election Day

Published 2:13 pm Wednesday, November 9, 2022

TOM LATEK

Kentucky Today

Secretary of State Michael Adams says the general election has gone smoothly, with no major problems reported.

“Usually when it’s this smooth it means there is a low turnout,” Adams said. “There doesn’t appear to be a low turnout today. It seems to be pretty strong all across the state. Any election, you’re going to have mistakes, you’re going to have intentional things people do. We have not seen anything of great concern.”

Adams says many areas experienced shorter lines on Election Day due to early voting. “We had over 250,000 Kentuckians come out and vote last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. The thing that was remarkable to me and was very encouraging was an almost even match of Republicans and Democrats that came out.”

He said how people vote, be it early, by mail, or on Election Day itself, has been politicized. “People say you vote this way if you’re a Republican, if you’re a Democrat you vote by mail. It’s all nonsense. Just do whatever is convenient for you.”

Adams, a Republican, noted, “I’m glad to see Republicans embrace early voting. I’m glad to see Democrats embrace early voting. The whole point of this was to make easier for the voters, and both sides are doing that.”

The State Board of Elections, of which Adams serves as chair, kept an eye on proceedings while the polls were open on Tuesday, and was ready to act if needed.

Attorney General Daniel Cameron reminded Kentuckians that suspected election law violations and voting irregularities should be reported to the Attorney General’s Election Fraud Hotline, by calling 800-328-VOTE, even after the election is completed.

“Tips from Kentuckians play a vital role in our efforts to investigate and prosecute criminal violations of election law,” he said. “Our office is committed to protecting the integrity of the 2022 general election, and we encourage anyone who suspects election fraud to report it immediately.”

Tips submitted to the hotline will be reviewed by prosecutors and any complaints that contain allegations of election fraud will be referred to the Attorney General’s Department of Criminal Investigations. Examples of election fraud include campaign violations, electioneering, bribery, poll disruption, and voter or election worker intimidation.