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ABSENTEE VOTERS MUST VOTE BY 4 P.M. MONDAYFree Access

Mail-In Ballots Can Be Postmarked By June 23, Clerk Says

Voters in Letcher County have until 4 p.m. Monday to cast their absentee ballots in person, and paper ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday.

Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade said voters who have not received their paper ballots by Monday may come to the clerk’s office, cancel their ballot request and vote in person instead. The absentee machine at the clerk’s office will close at 4 p.m. on Monday.

Meade said there will be only one polling place open on Tuesday. The office will have three machines at Letcher County Central High School that day. Those votes will be counted on Election Day as normal, but absentee ballots will not be announced that day because of the number cast, and because paper ballots can be mailed that day. The state Board of Elections has advised clerks not to release partial returns until June 30, seven days after the election. The delay is intended to allow ballots to arrive by mail and be counted.

“We mailed out over 500 ballots yesterday,” Meade said Thursday afternoon.

Meade said the number of requests for ballots exceeded 3,200, though only 1,878 have voted so far. As of Wednesday, 512 voters had voted on the machine in the clerk’s office, and 1,368 had voted by mail, about half of the ballots that had been sent out. According to the Kentucky Board of Elections, total turnout in the last presidential primary here was 4,752.

The deadline for requesting a paper ballot was June 15.

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