Secretary of State
Secretary Grimes Reports Absentee Ballots Are on Their Way to Military Voters
The November 6, 2012, General Election is only six weeks away, and Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes reports that Kentucky’s county clerks started sending absentee ballots to military and other eligible voters last week.
“The process of receiving, filling out, and returning an absentee ballot can take weeks, especially for active-duty military members,” said Grimes. “I encourage all eligible citizens to make sure they are registered to vote and submit their absentee ballot requests promptly.”
Kentuckians can check their registration status, obtain a voter registration card and review information related to the upcoming General Election at the Secretary of State’s website, www.sos.ky.gov. Resources for military and overseas U.S. citizens are also located on the Secretary of State’s website. In an effort to reach all eligible voters, direct links to these items are highlighted on the Secretary of State’s Facebook page. Members of the military and their families and overseas U.S. citizens can find additional information on registering to vote and requesting an absentee ballot via the Federal Post Card Application by visiting www.fvap.gov.
Grimes, who recently returned from a trip to the Middle East to assess and improve military voting, said, “Many of the men and women in uniform I had the privilege to meet during my trip to the Middle East sought reassurance that their ballots are actually counted. As the Commonwealth’s Chief Election Official, removing these doubts and ensuring that our troops have the opportunity to have their voices heard is a priority.”
Under Kentucky law, ballots for the November 6th General Election were required to be printed at least 50 days before the election, or September 17, 2012. Absentee ballots that were validly requested prior to that date were required to be transmitted no later three days thereafter, or September 20, 2012. Absentee ballots validly requested after September 17th will be transmitted within three days after the application is received.
For all voters, the deadline to register to vote is October 9, 2012, and the deadline to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot is October 30, 2012. In order to be counted, executed absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk no later than 6 p.m., local time, on November 6, 2012. In-person absentee voting will be open in all counties at least 12 business days before the election.