Barren County Primaries see 18 percent turnout – new changes cause issues

GLASGOW, Ky. – Tuesday’s primary elections in Barren County had a slightly higher percentage of voters than Warren County.

Primary voter turnout was 18 percent, only 600 less voters than last year’s primary elections. 

Barren County Clerk Helena Birdwell says she is proud of yesterday’s turnout considering quite a bit of changes… caused by new voting centers and late ballot party changes.

A couple of their primary voters who changed parties after the books closed in December were ineligible to vote this May.

Birdwell says despite the confusion, Barren County was happy to see over 1,400 voters turn out over the course of three days for no-excuse-early-voting.

“Anything that I can do to try to make this process better and get information out there about where to vote, when to vote and how to vote, that’s what we’re going to be looking at doing,” said Birdwell.

Birdwell says that the whole Commonwealth is experiencing poll worker shortages, Barren County included. She hopes to see some of your faces out helping work the voting polls come this November.