Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Urges Kentuckians to Prepare for Nov. 3 General Election
The General 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 Nov. 3.
“Every election matters, and every vote counts,”
said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “Our Commonwealth is at its
best when everyone’s voice is heard, and it’s important to be knowledgeable
about the election process so you can have a meaningful opportunity to
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 voters that the morning and evening rush hours and lunch
time tend to be busiest, so individuals voting during those periods should plan
Grimes also urges voters to avoid surprises on
Election Day by verifying their polling locations and viewing sample ballots
through the Voter Information Center at www.elect.ky.gov.
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 Oct. 27, and
the voted ballots must be received by the county clerk by 6:00 p.m. local time
on Nov. 3. In-person absentee voting is currently available in all county
clerks’ offices and will remain open until close of business on Monday, Nov. 2.
For additional election information, visit www.sos.ky.gov, follow
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