Nov. 5: Election Day drawing near

Marshall County voters will be asked to make eight selections in the upcoming General Election on Nov. 5 including mostly state-level offices and one local office, and there's still time to research the best candidate for each job before Election Day arrives.

The choices for governor and lieutenant governor include: incumbent Gov. Matt Bevin (R) and his running mate Ralph Alvarado; Attorney General Andy Beshear (D) and his running mate Jacqueline Coleman; John Hicks (LP) and his running mate Ann Cormican.

The choices for secretary of state include: Michael G. Adams (R) and Heather French Henry (D).

The choices for attorney general include: Daniel Cameron (R) and Gregory D. Stumbo (D).

The choices for auditor of public accounts include: Mike Harmon (R), Sheri Donahue (D) and Kyle Hugenberg (LP).

The choices for state treasurer include: Allison Ball (R) and Michael Bowman (D).

The choices for commissioner of agriculture include: Ryan F. Quarles (R), Robert Haley Conway (D) and Josh Gilpin (LP).

The choices for Justice of the Supreme Court 1st Supreme Court District (a nonpartisan office) include: Christopher Shea Nickell and Whitney H. Westerfield.

There's only one candidate listed on the ballot for a Hardin City Councilperson: Barbara Wathen (D). She is vying for the seat left vacant when former Hardin City Councilman Ronnie Black died on June 6.

There are only write-in options for the following offices on the local level: County Surveyor, Justice of the Peace 1st Magisterial District, Constable 1st Magisterial District and Justice of the Peace 3rd Magisterial District.

Polls will open at 6 a.m. and close at 6 p.m.; if you are in line at 6 p.m., you will be allowed to vote. Registered voters must produce identification or be known by a precinct officer prior to voting.

According to data obtained from the Kentucky Secretary of State website, only 47.4% of Kentucky's voters turned out for the general elections last year and a meager 23.9% turned out for primaries.

Any voter who believes their right to vote has been violated may contact the State Board of Elections by calling 502-573-7100 or Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline by calling 800-328-8683.

A sample ballot and a list of Marshall County's polling places are featured in the classified section of this week's edition. If you're unsure where your polling place is located, visit GoVoteKY.com or contact the county clerk's office by calling 270-527-4740.