Voting In Kentucky

A few last words before Leive and I go to vote.

From the nation’s point of view, Kentucky is off the beaten path.  I found that out quickly enough in 2006, when I moved here in 2006 and could not find most of the stores I shopped at in Florida.  No Winn-Dixie, no Publix, no Albertson’s, and no Costco.  There aren’t even 7-11 stores; I drove up with my trusty 7-11 coffee mug behind the driver’s seat, only to find I couldn’t use it here.  I have a feeling that most of the people who come in on the highways are just passing through.  No wonder the history books have a lot to say about Kentucky from 1750 until 1865, when it was in the middle of the settled part of the United States, but not much has happened here since the Civil War ended.

Likewise, you don’t hear much from Kentucky at election time.  If you’re like me, you have seen news stories full of polls almost every day for months.  Well, for the whole year, only ONE poll has been taken in Kentucky.  It was done last September, and it showed Mitt Romney ahead of Barack Obama, 53-39.  Because of a lead like that, the only time any of the candidates visited the state was when we hosted the vice-presidential debate.  The Republicans are confident that they will carry Kentucky no matter what happens, so they concentrate their efforts on the “swing states,” while the Democrats don’t come here because they don’t have a snowball’s chance in Hialeah of winning.

Here’s some electoral trivia for my readers.  Kentucky votes an hour earlier than most states.  Our polls open at 6 AM and close at 6 PM.  So even though the western third of the state is in the Central Time Zone, we are one of the first states to count our votes on Election Night.  I remember how in 2008, we were the very first state to go "red" (be declared for the Republican candidate).  Let’s watch and see if any of these trends continue this year.

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