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In-person absentee voting open statewide for Kentucky’s May 21 primary Election


Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Friday that in-person absentee voting is now open statewide for Kentucky’s May 21 Primary Election. All counties must open in-person absentee voting no later than Friday, May 3.

“Voters who are not able to vote at the polls on Election Day for various reasons can vote absentee before May 21, if eligible, either in-person or by mail,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “I encourage all Kentucky voters to make their voice heard and go vote – it’s a right and a responsibility.”

To be qualified to vote by in-person absentee ballot, a voter must be:

• Out of the county on election day
• Advanced in age, disabled, or ill
• Military, their Dependents, or an Overseas Citizen
• Military personnel confined to base and learn of your confinement within seven days or less of an election
• Student or resident who temporarily resides outside of the county
• Voter or the spouse of a voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day
• Pregnant woman in third trimester

Eligible Kentuckians may vote by in-person absentee ballot prior to May 21, Primary Election Day. Voters should contact their county clerk for absentee voting hours. In-person absentee voting closes on May 20, the day before the Primary Election.

Persons with questions about absentee voting should contact their county clerk or call the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100. Additional information about absentee voting is also available on the State Board of Elections website.


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