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Election Day 2015: Voters to decide Ky. Governor and races for key Indiana mayors

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The campaign for Kentucky governor concludes today as voters elect someone to replace a two-term Democrat in a race that has turned on health insurance for 500,000 people, marriage licenses for same-sex couples and public education for preschool children.

Republican Matt Bevin, Democrat Jack Conway and independent Drew Curtis have contrasted sharply in a race watched closely for its proximity to the 2016 presidential election and for its competitiveness in one of the nation's last two-party states.

The two major-party candidates and their allies have spent more than $14 million to air more than 41,000 TV ads in Kentucky, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity. That does not include direct mail or ads on radio or local cable systems.

Other statewide races in Kentucky include Secretary of State. Democratic incumbent Alison Lundergan Grimes faces Republican Stephen Knipper.  In the race for Attorney General, Democrat Andy Beshear is challenged by Republican Whitney Westerfield. 

Democratic incumbent Adam Edelen is running for auditor against Republican Mike Marmon. Republican Allison Ball faces Democrat Rick Nelson for Treasurer.  And in the race for Agriculture Commissioner, Republican Ryan Quarles faces Democrat Jean-Marie Lawson Spann.

In the city of Louisville, there are several contested races for Metro Council. 

More than 100 cities around Indiana are holding mayoral elections Tuesday.  In New Albany, Democratic Mayor Jeff Gahan is challenged by Republican City Councilman Kevin Zurschmiede, and Independent businessman Roger Baylor. And in Jeffersonville, Democratic city councilman Dennis Julius is challenging incumbent Mike Moore.

Greater Clark County Schools is asking voters to fund a $109 million project to help renovate old schools and build some new ones. 

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.   In Jefferson County, if you don't know where to vote or need any assistance, call 502-574-6100 or CLICK HERE

Absentee voting wrapped up at the Jefferson County Board of Elections. And based on past trends, the turnout could be higher than it was four years ago. The clerk's office is projecting anywhere from 32 to 40 percent.

Kentucky election officials say let officials know immediately if you encounter any problems at the polls. You can address issues with your precinct election officers, the county clerk, the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100, or the Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline at 1-800-328-VOTE.  In Kentucky, voters can see sample ballots online or find out where to vote on the Secretary of State's website CLICK HERE

Voters in Indiana can inquire about polling places and local races on the Secretary of State website CLICK HERE

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