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(Washington, D.C.) – Earlier this evening, dozens of prospective voters in Jefferson County, Kentucky, an area with more than 700,000 people, found themselves banging on the doors of the Kentucky Exposition Center, demanding that they be allowed in to vote. Jefferson County is the largest county in the state with more than 700,000 residents. Reports suggest that many voters were stuck in lines of traffic outside of the center which delayed their arrival to vote. The following is a statement from Kristen Clarke, president and executive director of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law:

“The voting experience in Jefferson County, Kentucky shows the folly of providing a single option to voters in a region that is both expansive and populous as this. Voters deserve options and officials must be prepared for the flood of voters who tend to access polling sites towards the final hours of every Election Day. We hope that officials will take the lessons learned from the primary season to plan and structure a more open and accessible general election in November.”