Update: No Delays For Fayette Absentee Ballots, County Clerk Says

Sep 16, 2020

Delivery of absentee ballots to Lexington voters appears to be back on schedule.

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A COVID-19 positive and a quarantined election department in Fayette County had been called a "devastating setback" that could delay distribution of absentee ballots in Kentucky's second largest city. But now, County Clerk Don Blevins says the ballots will go out on time.

In a press release, Blevins said temporary workers who typically help out at the polls on election day have been brought on to do the job normally handled by the now-quarantined staff. The election officials will be creating ballot packages, which are expected to land in voters' mailboxes in the next few weeks.

Fayette County residents have applied for roughly 45,000 of the more than 300,000 absentee ballots requested across the state.

Blevins says, with the restored staff, there should be no interruption for Fayette County voters.