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Here’s what you need to know about Kentucky’s absentee ballot plan

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

FRANKFORT, KY (WOWK) Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams announced a plan to allow absentee ballots for residents concerned about COVID-19.

On Friday Aug. 14, Adams sent Gov. Beshear a formal letter of recommendation. Beshear issued an Executive Order detailing procedures for the state’s General Election, to take place Tuesday, Nov. 3.

“Secretary Adams and I were able to put partisanship aside and develop a plan for the General Election that puts the health and safety of Kentuckians first,” Beshear said. “This plan provides more time and options to vote in this General Election than ever before.”

“Gov. Beshear and I worked together across the partisan divide to fashion election rules that are fair to every voter regardless of party,” Adams said. “We kept the best of what worked in the June primary, especially giving voters options to safely cast their votes, and we built on that record with improvements – more in-person voting locations, and faster election results..

Beshear, Adams, Secretary of State, State Board of Elections  and local election have provided details of the plan. These include:

Absentee ballot by mail

  • Those concerned with contracting or spreading COVID-19 can request a ballot by mail.
  • An online portal will launch within the week to allow residents to request a ballot by mail. Ballots can be requested through the portal through Oct. 9, and through traditional means after.
  • Mail ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3, and received by Nov. 6.
  • Drop boxes will be available for Kentuckians to return their mail ballots if they are concerned about postal delays. County clerks will determine these locations.

Early voting 

  • Beginning Oct. 13, three weeks before the election, every work day between Oct. 13 and Election Day, and every Saturday for at least four hours, every county clerk will provide a location for safe in-person voting.
  • Early voting is not absentee voting – anyone can vote early for any reason.

Election Day voting

  • County election officials will decide election sites on Election Day. The State Board of Elections, Secretary of State and Governor will approve each plan.
  • Every county will have at least one voting supercenter, where everyone from the county can go to vote, regardless of his or her precinct.

Voter identification

  • Those who were unable to get a driver’s licenses or photo ID due to the pandemic because their clerk’s office was closed, or because they were afraid of exposing themselves to COVID-19, can sign a document explaining this concern and cast their ballot.

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