State elections officials expect voter turnout on Tuesday to be well below the 50 percent mark. Those Kentuckians who cast ballots will play a role in choices that will affect the course of the state for years.

Voters take into the polling stations their own issues and concerns. The state’s struggling pensions, health care, economic development — those are just a few examples.

WFPL News’ Ashley Lopez and Jacob Ryan headed to polling stations downtown and in east Louisville on Tuesday to find out what specific issues are on the minds of voters as they head to the polls. Here’s what they heard.


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“The Affordable Care Act. It’s been huge for Louisville and Kentucky, and we need to keep it.” —Jeannie Phillips

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Jeannie Phillips

“Equality is something that is important to me. And fiduciary responsibility is important to me.” —Benton Keith

“Giving the underprivileged a chance. That’s what America is supposed to be all about: a chance, a better way of life.” —Dorris Kelsey

“We need right-to-work, we need an overhaul of our pension systems. I think we are on an economic course of doom and gloom if we don’t change what we are doing.” —Amy Spears

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Amy Spears

“The separation of church and state. I’m concerned that some people are so extreme that they don’t seem to really appreciate the importance of separation of church and state.” —Phil Johnston

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Phil Johnston

“I’m pro-life, so I like to vote for pro-life candidates.” —David Spears

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David Spears

“More jobs for people and having more jobs here.” —Joe Woodson

Kentuckians are voting for governor, attorney general, agriculture commissioner, auditor, secretary of state and treasurer.

Special elections are also being held in parts of the state, including two in Louisville: a district judgeship and the Metro Council District 10 seat.

For WFPL’s voter guide to the governor’s election, go here. For the voter guide to the down-ballot races, go here.