Secretary of State
Citizens Urged to Prepare for Upcoming Election
(Frankfort, KY) Secretary of State Trey Grayson, the chief elections officer of the Commonwealth, is encouraging all registered voters to cast their ballots on Election Day, November 6, 2007 and is encouraging citizens to prepare before doing so.
“Voting is an important right and responsibility. I highly encourage voters to research the candidates before they get ready to cast their vote,” noted Grayson. “It is also important that voters determine a time when they can vote and thus prepare appropriately. The polls close at , local time, and any voter in line to vote by that time will be allowed to cast a ballot.”
In addition, Grayson reminded voters that no Kentuckian should be prevented from voting in the upcoming election due to his or her work schedule, if he or she requests leave prior to the day in which he or she will cast his or her vote. The Kentucky Constitution provides “that all employers shall allow employees, under reasonable regulations, at least four hours on election days, in which to cast their votes.”
“It is my hope that every Kentuckian who is registered will exercise their right to vote on November 6th,” stated Secretary Grayson. “This section in the Kentucky Constitution helps to ensure that every citizen will have the opportunity to cast a ballot on Election Day regardless of his or her work schedule, so long as the employee requests leave in advance.”
Employees need to request leave from their employer prior to the day in which they will cast their ballots to be eligible for this incentive. Kentucky law provides the employer discretion as to whether the employee will be compensated for that time and at what time the employee may vote. If an employee requests leave to vote and does not do so, state law deems that he or she may be subject to disciplinary action.
Kentuckians who will be working outside their county of residence on Election Day are eligible to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee voting on a voting machine is currently taking place in county clerks’ offices until close of business on Monday, November 5, 2007.
When voters head to the polls on Election Day, they will also be governed by electioneering laws that prohibits electioneering within 300 feet of the polling location. Bumper stickers on cars of voters at a polling location are an exception to the electioneering prohibition. Cars may not be left near polling locations all day with the intent of advocating for a particular candidate.
Voters will have the opportunity to elect candidates for a number of offices including the following state constitutional offices:
Governor/Lt. Governor Slate
Secretary of State
Auditor of Public Accounts
Commissioner of Agriculture
In addition to the statewide constitutional officers, races for the un-expired terms of seventeen judges will also be on the ballot. It is also possible that local referenda and races for local offices with un-expired terms may be on the ballot.
The Office of the Secretary of State and State Board of Elections have a number of online services which can help citizens prepare for the election. Voters can view and print sample ballots, determine their polling location, and find pertinent election information by visiting either agency’s website. Grayson encouraged citizens to visit the Voter Information Center to determine whether they are eligible to vote in this year’s primary election.
“A little preparation can go a long way this election season. Hopefully, voters will heed this advice so that the election will go as smoothly as possible,” Grayson concluded.
Citizens with general questions about the election are encouraged to visit the Office of the Secretary of State and State Board of Elections new Vote Kentucky! website at www.vote.ky.gov or contact their local county clerk.
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