As Letcher County voters prepare to vote early, in-person, beginning Monday, the Letcher County Clerk’s Office is publishing sample ballots in this week’s edition of The Mountain Eagle.
Voters will be able to vote early at the Letcher County Recreation Center on Jenkins Road in Whitesburg, and at the county clerk’s office. Voting at the rec center will be from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday. Voting at the clerk’s office will be from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday-Friday, and 8 a.m.-12 p.m. on Saturday.
The last day for early voting at the rec center will be Saturday, Oct. 31. The last day for early voting at the clerk’s office will be Monday, Nov. 2.
For those who would like to vote by absentee ballot, the deadline to apply for a ballot through the state’s Internet portal is Friday, Oct. 9. That site is www.govoteky.com.
Anyone who needs a medical emergency absentee ballot can continue to request one through the local county clerk’s office through Nov. 3, though ballots must be postmarked Nov. 3 in order to be counted. The ballots must arrive in the clerk’s office by Nov. 6. Voters that have not yet sent in their absentee ballots are being encouraged to take their completed ballot to the drop box in the county clerk’s office to ensure that it arrives on time.
Letcher County Clerk Winston Meade said Tuesday that enough ballot marking machines and vote scanners have arrived to open eight polling places on Election Day.
“And right now, I have enough workers for all of them, too,” Meade said.
“But between now and next Tuesday, it’s untelling what will happen.”
Because of emergency regulations put in place as a result of COVID-19, there are no precinct-level voting locations. Instead, anyone registered to vote in Letcher County can vote at either of the two early voting locations prior to Election Day, or at any of the eight polling places on Election Day.
The polling places that are set for the election are:
• Arlie Boggs Elementary School, 1099 HWY 806, Eolia
• Letcher County Central High School, 435 Cougar Drive, Whitesburg
• Neon City Hall, 955 Main Street, Fleming-Neon
• Jenkins Middle High School, 269 HWY 3086, Jenkins
• Blackey Senior Citizens Center, 283 Main Street Loop, Blackey
• Campbells Branch Community Center, 3104 HWY 1103, Hallie
• Blair Branch Old Regular Baptist Church, 3 Blair Branch Rd., Jeremiah
• Cowan Elementary School, 3125 HWY 931S, Whitesburg
Voting officials nationally are not expecting results to be totaled until at least several days after the election because of the large number of absentee ballots, and because of the possibility of a contested presidential election.
The sample ballots published elsewhere in this issue of the paper show how the races will appear on different ballots affecting different areas of Letcher County. Each ballot is numbered in the lower right portion and indicates whether that ballot also applies to a city council or school board member election. While the partisan races on the left side of the ballot, the state representative’s race and the Supreme Court race appear the same on all ballots in the county, the righthand columns vary depending on where a person’s home precinct is located.
Some ballot will include school board races, and some will include city council races. There will be a second ballot page for all precincts that includes two state Constitutional Amendments, on which voters should choose either “yes” or “no.”