Officials across Western Kentucky are making the final preparations for Tuesday's special election. In addition to making sure the polling machines are ready, officials are trying to ensure the precincts are safe and accessible after a major winter storm slammed the region.
Voters will head to the polls Tuesday to decide who will fill the State Representative vacancy for the 7th District. Former State Rep. John Arnold resigned amid sexual harassment allegations.
The two candidates vying to fill the vacancy are Republican Suzanne Miles and Democrat Kim Humphrey.
Some officials worry that all the snow and ice still on the ground will have a chilling effect on voter turnout. However, before the polls open Tuesday at 6 a.m., officials are doing everything they can to be ready.
"The road department is making sure that all the precinct locations are graded and salted to make sure we don't have any injuries with the election officers and the voters tomorrow," said Henderson County Clerk Renesa Abner. " The weather and the time of year that this election is happening, I think the turnout will be a little lower but I want to encourage people to get out because it's an important race."
Officials say the only way the special election will be postponed is if the Governor declares a state of emergency.