Polls opened Tuesday morning at 6 am in Louisville, and turnout at many locations has been relatively strong.

Outside of a polling place in the Highlands, Andy Blieden said he’s been following the mayor’s race and the Senate race closely, and was eager to vote.

“I tell you what, I’m so ready for the ads to be over,” he says. “I’m so ready for…you know, there’s such a huge volume of ads, but also a lot of them are so nasty. And I’m sick of all the negativity.”

Blieden said he was most concerned about the national debt and controlling deficit spending. On local issues, he said the Ohio River Bridges Project influenced his vote, as did the candidates’ potential to bring federal money to Kentucky.

“A lot of my friends got into pretty heated arguments over who they thought would win and who they thought should win [the Senate race]. It’s been a pretty big debate,” says law student Margot Royar outside the same polling place. She says it was the Senate race motivated her to vote.

Also casting his ballot in the Highlands was Travis Warner. He says he’s heard a lot about voter anger and grassroots uprisings in the federal races, but he voted for candidates he thinks will end the divisiveness in Washington.

“[I] just wanted to support the other side of things,” he says. “I’m just afraid that it’s going to get pushed out of proportion. It’s just dangerous-sounding rhetoric.”