Every vote counts

From left, Erin Wilson and Anne Claire Clemmons hold up campaign signs for Karen Davis, who was running for District Judge, in front of Glasgow Middle School on Tuesday during the primary election.


GLASGOW – Twin sisters Kaleigh and Kaitlyn Gumm voted in their first election on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old seniors from Barren County High School said they wanted to be a part of the election process.

“I feel like it's really important to be able to vote because you have a say in your government,” Kaleigh said. “That's why I decided to vote as soon as I could.”

Kaitlyn said she really wanted her voice to be heard.

They said the rainy weather did not affect them coming out to vote.

“I didn't even know it was raining until I stepped outside the house,” Kaleigh said.

The Barren County primary election had a 31.2 percent voter turnout, as 9,404 of the 30,176 registered voters visited their respective precinct locations to cast their ballots.

Barren County Clerk Joanne London said voter turnout was better than she expected.

“I was thrilled,” she said. “Better than I predicted.”

“I think this local judges race brought a whole lot of people out to vote 'cause there were so many candidates running.

“It really pulled out the votes.”

Kerri England, 35, of Glasgow, said there were not any particular issues or reasons she voted on Tuesday other than fulfilling her duty as a citizen.

“I just like to vote to do my part,” she said.

England said she has tried to vote in every election since she turned 18.

Eligible voters were not the only ones contributing to the primary election on Tuesday.

Erin Wilson, 16, and Anne Claire Clemmons, 15, stood in front of Glasgow Middle School holding campaign signs for Karen Davis, who was running for district judge.

Clemmons said she is friends with Davis' daughter.

“We used to dance together,” she said.

They both said they plan on voting in elections after they turn 18.

“I'm pretty passionate about who's gonna' be in charge of what's going on,” Wilson said. “So I'm definitely going to vote.”

John Rigney, 64, of Glasgow, said voting is one of the hallmarks of being a citizen of this country.

“There are so many countries in the world where you can't do that, you don't have the right” he said. “This is a way that we can show our commitment to the process.”

Rigney is a former professor and dean of the School of Professional Counseling at Lindsey Wilson College and is currently a clinical counselor. He said he has strong positions on issues of inequality, poverty, lack of mental health treatment and violence in society.

“I believe that there are a lot of issues that should be handled through treatment rather than incarceration.”

Shantel Massey, 44, of Glasgow, said if someone has an opinion, they should vote.

“I feel like in order to voice your opinion you need to vote,” she said. “It may not go your way, but I mean, every vote counts, every voice you hear.”

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