Secretary of State
Absentee Voting in Nov. 3 General Election Now Open
Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced
today that eligible voters may now cast mail-in absentee ballots in Kentucky’s Nov.
3, 2015, General Election.
“Voting is both a right and a responsibility,” said
Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “I hope as many of Kentucky’s
voters as possible will make their voices heard in the General Election.”
Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in
absentee ballot include:
personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens
who temporarily reside outside the county
who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g.,
who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted
whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the
polling place is open
of advanced age or who suffer from disability or illness
who are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality
Voters may request an absentee ballot application
from their county clerk in person or via telephone, fax, or email. Qualified
military and overseas voters may also use the online portal Grimes established in 2014 to request and receive
their blank absentee ballots.
Applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be
received by the clerk’s office no later than Oct. 27. The completed absentee
ballot must be returned by mail and received by the county clerk by 6:00 p.m.
local time on Election Day.
Individuals who do not qualify to vote by mail-in
absentee ballot may still be eligible to vote in person prior to Election Day.
In-person absentee voting will begin in all counties no later than 12 working
days prior to the election, although county boards of elections may permit
in-person absentee voting to start earlier. In-person absentee voting is
conducted during the county clerk’s regular business hours on voting machines
similar to those used on Election Day.
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’s website.