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Kentucky Absentee Ballot Requests End At Midnight Tonight

Josh James

Friday is the final day Kentuckians can request an absentee ballot for the November general election.

Voters have until 11:59 PM to request a mail-in ballot at govoteky.gov. All told, the state expects roughly 700,000 Kentucky voters will exercise that option, a number Secretary of State Michael Adams said should avoid putting too much strain on the limited number of in-person polling locations.

Once finished, voters can mail absentee votes in or drop them off at dropboxes. Adams says they can then monitor where their ballots are in the process.

"Just go to govoteky.com. You can track your ballot there the way you track a UPS package," he explained Thursday. "You can see if the clerk got your request, fulfilled your request, and if the clerk has got your ballot back."

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins is sounding a bit more urgent when it comes to absentee ballots. So far, voters in the county have requested just 90,000 - or about 30,000 fewer than anticipated. Blevins worries that could lead to longer lines at the polls.

Fayette county voters can vote early, however, at eight different locations starting October 13th.

In-person voting locations:

  • Tates Creek Branch Library, 3628 Walden Dr.
  • Northside Branch Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road
  • Beaumont Branch Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way
  • Dunbar Center, 545 N. Upper St.
  • Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane (behind Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road
  • Garrett Morgan Elementary (Hamburg)
  • Wellington Elementary (near Fayette Mall)
  • And BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way
Josh James fell in love with college radio at Western Kentucky University's student station, New Rock 92 (now Revolution 91.7). After working as a DJ and program director, he knew he wanted to come home to Lexington and try his hand in public radio.
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