Kentuckians who want to vote absentee in the November election can request a ballot now through October 9 from the Secretary of State’s voter web site, www.govoteky.org.
The deadline to register to vote or change your registration is 4 p.m. October 5. Voters can register on the same web site.
Voters are being encouraged to apply early for the ballots, which will be available to anyone who has concerns about voting in person because of Covid-19.
Absentee voters can also request ballots from their County Clerk’s Office beginning September 7, but ballots are not expected to arrive at the clerk’s office until September 15, and then must be addressed and sent to voters.
For those who fear mailed ballots might not arrive at the clerk’s office in time to be counted, the office will have a drop box for ballots inside the election office. People in Letcher County who still prefer to vote in person but avoid the election day crowds and the danger of Covid-19 at the same time can vote in person at the Letcher County Clerk’s Office on the first floor of the courthouse from Oct. 10 through November 2. Election Day is November 3.
While the law allows ballots to be postmarked as late as Nov. 3, those that arrive after Nov. 6 won’t be counted. Voters are encouraged to mail their ballots as soon as they arrive at their homes, or put them in the drop box in the election office at the Letcher County Courthouse.