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Adams urges Kentucky voters to take advantage of early voting, says successful election plans in place

Staff report Secretary of State Michael Adams testified Wednesday before the Interim Joint Committee on Appropriations & Revenue, offering legislators an update on efforts to ensure a safe and successful general election. Adams said that working with a bipartisan group of county clerks and members of the State Board of Elections, as well as the Governor, he believes the system in place for the...

Nearly a quarter million Kentuckians have requested absentee ballots for the November election

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today With less than 60 days to go until the general election in November, hundreds of thousands of Kentuckians have already requested an absentee ballot online. 
As of Friday, the Secretary of State’s office reports 223,000 requests for ballots have been submitted at govoteky.com.  That’s the website where, among other things, you can register to vote, check your registration...

Online portal to request absentee ballot for Nov. 3 election is open; deadline to register to vote is Oct. 5

Staff report The online portal to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 election, govoteky.com, is open. The portal is to be open through Oct. 9. The Secretary of State has opened the portal early so that registered voters can pre-apply. Ballots are not yet available but are being printed and will be mailed when they are ready, which should be mid- to late-September. The deadline to apply for...

With second-highest turnout, officials from both parties calling state’s primary election a success

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Top Kentucky officials of both parties are saying the recent primary election, which was perhaps the most unusual in Kentucky history due to changes made because of the coronavirus outbreak, was a success. “This election, during the midst of a pandemic, had the second-highest voter turnout for a primary, in our history,” said Gov. Andy Beshear. According to figures from...

Al Cross: Any doubt about the vote count could resonate long past the primary

Voting for the Democratic nomination to face Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell is over, but the election is not, because most ballots were mail-in absentees due to the pandemic and are still being counted. That means the campaigns aren’t over, either, and that could affect the general election. Wednesday afternoon, the campaign of state Rep. Charles Booker sought donations “to hire lawyers,...

More than 100,000 Kentucky voters successfully apply online for absentee ballot as of Tuesday

Secretary of State Michael G. Adams announced that, as of 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, 100,000 registered Kentucky voters have taken advantage of govoteky.com to request their absentee ballots for the June 23 election. “Voting absentee is easy, secure, and wildly popular,” Adams said. “I’m grateful to the Kentuckians who understand that we have fewer voting locations available and fewer poll workers...

Voting on June 23: Postcard reminder for mail-in voting, fewer on-site voting sites, register by May 26

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today Despite it likely being the most unusual one in state history, preparations are on schedule for Kentucky’s June 23 primary election. 
The coronavirus has played a role, not only in when the election will take place, but the manner in how it will be conducted. 
After Secretary of State Michael Adams, Kentucky’s chief election officer, sent a letter to Gov. Andy Beshear...

Proposed bill would expand list of those eligible for absentee ballots to those who work at the polls

By Tom Latek Kentucky Today A bill proposed for consideration during the 2020 General Assembly would expand the list of those allowed to cast absentee ballots to include those employed as what is termed “essential services personnel.” The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Ralph Alvarado, R-Winchester, who is a physician, would cover anyone who is scheduled to work at any time the polls are open on...

Secretary of State issues General Election turnout prediction, challenges Kentuckians to go vote

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is predicting approximately 31 percent of the 3,451,537 million people registered to vote in Kentucky will turn out on Election Day next week. “Based on current absentee voting, I believe turnout will be at or above the 2015 General Election,” said Grimes. “It’s simply not OK that only a small portion of Kentuckians will possibly elect...