LOUISVILLE, Ky.—Voters endured 90-minute waits in Kentuckys second-largest city, but the biggest hurdle in Tuesdays congressional primaries seemed to be what wasnt happening: quick counting of mail-in ballots in that state and New York. Final results in top races seemed unlikely for days.
First-term state legislator Charles Booker was hoping a late surge would carry him past former Marine fighter pilot Amy McGrath for the Democratic Senate nomination from Kentucky. And in New York, political newcomer Jamaal Bowman was seeking to derail House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Eliot Engels bid for a 17th term in Congress.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky easily won the Republican nomination for a seventh Senate term on Tuesday and will be favored in November against McGrath or Booker.
In Virginia, retired Army Col. Daniel Gade won the GOP nomination to challenge Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. Republican Scott Taylor will face Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) in a rematch between two Navy veterans in a Virginia Beach district from which she toppled him two years ago.
And Cameron Webb, a health policy researcher, won the Democratic nomination for a central Virginia House district. GOP incumbent Rep. Denver Riggleman lost his partys nomination for the seat, fueling Democrats hopes that Webb can capture it.
As states ease voting by mail because of the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus pandemic, a deluge of mail-in ballots and glacially slow counting procedures meant many final results would take days or more. That torturous wait seemed a preview of November, when numerous states will turn to mail-in voting like never before. Officials are already warning that uncertainty over who the next president is could linger for days.
By late afternoon, there were scattered reports of long lines and absentee ballots that voters never received. Yet voting appeared less troubled than recent elections in Georgia and Nevada, where some people stood in line for hours.
Waits lasting 90 minutes were reported Tuesday morning at the lone voting site in Lexington, Kentucky—Kroger Field, the University of Kentuckys football stadium.
In Louisville, voting advocates complained that an unknown number of people stayed home because it was difficult to travel to the states largest citys one polling place—the Kentucky Exposition Center.
“In my neighborhood, most people dont have cars,” said voter Michael Baker. “Its not fair for them to have one site.”
A judge kept the polling place open an extra half hour after about 175 people, some of whom pounded on the buildings doors, demanded to vote. Louisville has 600,000 residents.
There were so many mail-in ballots that Kentuckys two biggest counties, Jefferson and Fayette, werent planning to release results on election night, said Secretary of State Michael Adams.
Kentuckys voting is usually 2 percent by mail. This year officials expect that figure to exceed 50 percent, and over 400,000 mail ballots were returned by Sunday. All received by June 27 will be counted.
New York state Attorney General Letitia James office received about 150 complaints by midafternoon, mainly about voters not getting absentee ballots theyd requested, polling sites opening late and voters receiving incomplete ballots.
Dena Cooper said she applied months ago for an absentee ballot that never arrived, so she went to her polling place in Brooklyns Bay Ridge to vote in person. She said a poll worker told her to go home and wait for the absentee ballot to arrive.
“I feel turned away,” Cooper said. In fact, New York voters who have requested but not used absentee ballots can legally vote in person. The 32-year-old illustrator voted later.
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