Ky. polling places show waits as long as 2 hours

LOUISVILLE, KY (AP) - Early voters waited in long lines Tuesday that eased to a steady flow of traffic during the afternoon on what officials expected to be a record-setting Election Day turnout.

Many voters said they were drawn to the polls by the stakes of a ballot featuring a presidential race, U.S. Senate contest, congressional races and a host of local offices. Kentucky Secretary of State spokesman Les Fugate said the longest waits Tuesday were in Lexington, Louisville and northern Kentucky.

The lines were in keeping with Secretary of State Trey Grayson's prediction of 65-70 percent turnout statewide, which would set a record. The only serious problem happened in Kenton County in northern Kentucky, where malfunctioning voting machines forced the county to stop using some machines.

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