November 8, 2023

Judge Allows Polling Locations to Remain Open Late Following Police Chase, Gas Leak

A judge allowed two Kentucky polling locations to remain open for an extra 30 minutes after complications that included a nearby police chase and gas leak.

The two locations included a local elementary school and a church in the Louisville area.

"The two polling locations stayed open until 6:30 p.m. instead of 6:00 p.m. due to the disruptions, Jefferson County Clerk’s Office spokesman Erran Huber said around 4:00 p.m. on election day," Breitbart News reported.

"The banner race on Tuesday is Kentucky’s gubernatorial election, where incumbent Democrat Gov. Andy Beshear faces GOP challenger Attorney General Daniel Cameron," it added.

“A gas leak forced a 30-minute closure at Highland Baptist, and a police pursuit forced a similar one at Blue Lick Elementary. Anyone in line by 6:30 p.m. will be allowed to vote,” according to the report.

Early voting was also a stronger emphasis in Kentucky's election for governor this year, according to the outlet.

"Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams said more Kentuckians took advantage of early voting this year: 260,000 early voters up from 253,000 last year," it stated.

The election resulted in Democratic Gov. Andy Beshears winning reelection in his battle against GOP candidate David Cameron.

The battle was part of mixed results for conservatives Tuesday in the off-year elections. In Mississippi, Republican Gov. Tate Reeves won reelection, while in Virginia, Democrats won back the majority in the House.

The elections may hint at the nation's direction in 2024 as Americans could face a rematch between President Joe Biden and former President Donald Trump, along with a fierce battle over the control of the House and Senate.

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