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People Line Up Again On Last Day Of Early Voting In Kentucky

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Bill Rinehart
Voters stand in line outside the Kenton County Administration Building, the morning of Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, waiting to vote.

There was a steady line of people outside the Kenton County Clerk's office Monday morning, the last day of early voting. Many people said they were voting the day before Election Day because it was just convenient for their schedule.

Rita Henderson of Covington will be too busy to cast a ballot Tuesday. She's a poll worker. "It's my civic duty. My people fought for the right to vote, died for the right to vote. So, I'm going to vote," she says.

Kara Smith of Covington had the day off and voted Monday morning. The coronavirus pandemic is a factor in who she planned to vote for. "Kentucky: It's one of the better states in the country. I think it's been handled pretty well, locally."

Thomas Michael of Park Hills has a number of issues he cares about, but says COVID-19 is an important part of this election. "Leadership that I trust to be competent and navigating this highly unusual situation, that's an important issue for me as well."

Some voters were not happy with the country's direction. Teresa Huffman of Latonia says she was voting a straight-line Republican ticket. "Because up until coronavirus, everything was going great."

James Dryer of Covington was still undecided on which presidential candidate he'd vote for. "I think people have forgotten the fact that it's not a Republican versus Democrat situation. I think people have forgotten about humanity," he says. "For instance, I was told yesterday, I was looked up by a client. He says 'You're a registered Republican. I think you've been married to a liberal too long.' Very offensive."

Polls are open in Kentucky and Indiana from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. In Ohio, they're open from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Bill Rinehart started his radio career as a disc jockey in 1990. In 1994, he made the jump into journalism and has been reporting and delivering news on the radio ever since.