Saturday, October 27, 2012
Grimes urges voters to prepare for General Election, ensure Kentucky voices are heard
The General Election is less than two weeks away, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding all eligible voters to plan ahead for Election Day to make sure their voices are heard on November 6th.
“Every election matters, and every vote counts,” said Grimes. “Kentucky is at its best when everyone’s voice heard, and making sure voters are knowledgeable about the election process helps ensure all eligible citizens have the opportunity to participate.”
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time, and any voter who is in line to vote by 6 p.m. will be allowed to cast a ballot. Grimes reminds citizens that the morning and evening rush hours and lunch time tend to be busy, so voters who visit the polls during those periods should plan accordingly.
Grimes is also reiterating that for some Kentuckians, their polling places and the elections in which they may vote may have changed due to congressional redistricting or the March 2nd tornadoes that devastated many areas of the state. Voters can avoid surprises on Election Day by checking their polling place and viewing sample ballots through the Voter Information Center.
Under Kentucky law, employers must allow employees who are eligible to vote to be absent from work for at least four hours in order to cast a ballot. Kentuckians who will be working on Election Day outside the county in which they reside are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Employers may specify the hours during which an employee may be absent, and employees should request voting leave in advance of the day on which they will vote. Employers have discretion whether to compensate employees for voting leave.
Absentee balloting is currently open across the state. Requests for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than the close of business on October 30th. Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk by 6 p.m. local time on November 6th. Military and overseas voters may be eligible for discounted ballot return services through the “Express Your Vote” program sponsored by the Overseas Voter Foundation and FedEx, available in 94 countries through October 31st. In-person voting is currently available in all county clerks’ offices and will remain open until close of business on Monday, Nov. 5.
From the Office of the Secretary of State