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Government/Politics

In-Person Absentee Voting Option Available During General Election

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Fort Worth Weekly
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Eligible voters in many Kentucky counties may already cast absentee votes for the November 4, 2014, General Election in their county clerks’ offices. All counties will allow eligible voters to cast in-person absentee ballots at least 12 working days before the election.

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by in-person absentee ballot include:

• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens who are absent from the county on Election Day

• Military personnel confined to a base who learn of the confinement within seven days or less of the election

• Students and residents who temporarily reside outside the county

• Students who temporarily reside outside the county

• Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)

• Voters (and their spouses) who have surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day

• Women in their third trimester of pregnancy

• Election officials (e.g., precinct election officers appointed to serve in precincts other than their own, alternate precinct election officers, and board of election members and staff)

• Other voters who are absent from the county on Election Day

In-person absentee voting is conducted during the county clerk’s regular business hours on voting machines similar to those used on Election Day. In-person absentee votes must be cast by close of business on November 3, 2014.

Individuals who do not qualify to vote absentee in person may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot. Voters may request an absentee ballot application from their county clerk in person or via telephone, fax, or email.

In addition, under Secretary Grimes’ Military Heroes Voting Initiative, qualified military and overseas voters may apply for and receive an absentee ballot through a new online portal. 

Applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the clerk’s office by no later than October 28, 2014, and the county clerk must receive the completed absentee ballot by 6:00 p.m. local time on Election Day.

Individuals with questions about absentee voting should contact their county clerk or the State Board of Elections. Additional information is also available at: http://www.elect.ky.gov

Story provided by Kentucky Secretary of State

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