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Today is deadline to apply for mail-in absentee ballots for Kentucky’s November 5 General Election


Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is reminding Kentucky voters that absentee voting by mail is underway for Kentucky’s November 5 General Election. The deadline to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot with the county clerk is Tuesday, October 29.

“Voting in our elections is both a right and a responsibility,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s Chief Election Official. “If you know you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, there are a number of options for Kentuckians to cast a ballot, including by mail or in person before Election Day.”

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

• Advanced in age, disabled, or ill

• Military personnel, their Dependents, or Overseas Citizens

• A student who temporarily resides outside the county
• Temporarily residing outside of Kentucky and who maintains eligibility to vote in Kentucky, such as a “snowbird”

• Incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime

• Prevented from voting in person at the polls on election day and from casting an in-person absentee ballot in the county clerk’s office on all days in-person absentee voting is conducted because of his or her employment location

• A participant in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program

Voters may request an absentee ballot application from their county clerk in person or via telephone, fax, or email. The deadline to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot with the county clerk is October 29. Completed absentee ballots must be returned by mail and received by the county clerk by 6:00 p.m. local time on Election Day.

Qualified military and overseas voters may use GoVoteKY.com to request and receive their blank absentee ballots.

Individuals who do not qualify to vote by mail-in absentee ballot may still be eligible to vote early in person prior to November 5, General Election Day. Voters should contact their county clerk for absentee voting hours. In-person absentee voting closes on November 4, the day before the General 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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