Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Urges Kentuckians to Prepare for May 19 Primary Election

Press Release Date:  Tuesday, May 12, 2015  
Contact Information:  Lynn Sowards Zellen
Director of Communications
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes
(502) 330-9839

The Primary Election is one week 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 May 19.

“Every election matters,” said Grimes. “Our Commonwealth is at its best when every Kentuckian’s voice is heard, and it’s important that voters be knowledgeable about our election process so they can have a meaningful opportunity to participate.”

Or in the words of Elkhorn Middle School (Franklin County) student Kaitlyn Elizabeth Lee, who won first place in Grimes’ annual Slogan Contest, “Be Smart, Do Your Part. Vote!”

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time, and any eligible 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 urges voters to 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.

Applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than close of business on May 12, and the voted ballots must be received by the county clerk by 6:00 p.m. local time on May 19. In-person voting is currently available in all county clerks’ offices and will remain open until close of business on Monday, May 18.

For additional election information, visit the Secretary of State’s website at, follow @kysecofstate on Twitter, and like Kentucky Office of the Secretary of State on Facebook.