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Officials report high turnout at Jefferson County precincts

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Mayor Fischer turns out to cast his ballot on Election Day 2014. Mayor Fischer turns out to cast his ballot on Election Day 2014.
U.S. Representative John Yarmuth shows up to the polls to vote on Election Day 2014. U.S. Representative John Yarmuth shows up to the polls to vote on Election Day 2014.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Board of Elections officials are reporting a smooth day at Jefferson County precincts.

A major U.S. Senate race is driving people to the polls in Kentucky and election officials are reporting good turnout at most precincts.

"They were steady, a little bit of lines in a lot of them, and people were waiting to get in the booths where they mark the ballots," Jefferson County Board of Elections spokesperson Nore Ghibaudy says.

Ghibaudy says the biggest problem has been crowded waiting areas, as it's taking an estimated seven to ten minutes to fill out the extra lengthy ballot.

The more than 60 races -- and two sided ballot -- didn't intimidate voter Trilba Smith.

“I tried to keep up with who was on the ballot and made some decisions, and I feel good about it," Smith said.

Ghibaudy said that by 4 p.m., there was a steady flow of voters at the majority of precincts. He said unlike in some years, voting didn't slow down during the day.

Although no problems were reported by mid-afternoon, county clerk employees were fielding questions from precincts, as officials were making the rounds.

"We still have people throughout the city to check on little any little niches or little adjustments,” Ghibaudy says.

He adds each precinct saves their ballots for several days, in case there are any questions or there is a need for a re-count.

Local candidates vote in Jefferson County

U.S. Representative John Yarmuth says he's been running two races: his and helping Alison Lundergan Grimes with hers.

We caught up with Yarmuth as he and his wife cast their ballots.

“Well I'm going to say something very surprising. I think that Mitch, if he becomes a senate majority leader, will be a much different Mitch. I think he will do something to try to preserve his legacy. I don't think he wants a legacy after he finally reached his lifelong ambition of being majority leader that he spent the two years doing nothing but obstructing,” Yarmuth said.

While he believes McConnell would change he says the Senator's attitude of trashing the President would have to go too.

Yarmuth says he feels Grimes' campaign has more enthusiasm--and says she needs to have a big margin out of Jefferson County to win.

He says this has been a busy election season for him as he has been helping Grimes and candidates for the state house.

Yarmuth is in his fourth term as Congressman. Up against him on the ballot are Independent Gregory Pucetti and Republican Michael MacFarlane.

Mayor Greg Fischer voted this morning at Saint Paul United Methodist Church.

You probably noticed the Louisville mayor didn't have many election signs up.

While voting, he told WDRB that he's been campaigning for re-election the entire time he's been in office.

Fischer says he's been working for votes for the past four years.

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