Earlier this month, the Advocate- Messenger wrote an article containing Boyle County Court Clerk Trille Bottom’s recommendation that everyone use the absentee ballot for the June 23rd primary. Governor Beshear has also urged absentee ballot voting since in-person voting is not taking place in all the traditional precincts making for long lines as a result of fewer polls. Absentee ballots are to prevent those long lines which may lead to Covid-19 exposure. Please note the following dates:
By May 22, 2020, there is to be an online secure portal established by the Kentucky State Board of Elections that allows voters to request an absentee ballot. Contact GoVoteKY.com or call number of your County Clerk as specified below:
To request an application for an absentee ballot immediately, call your Clerk as set out below. The clerk will send you an application. Fill it out and mail it back. Please note there may be further change in this regard coming from the Office of the Attorney General, but as of the 18th of May this is valid. (Once you receive the ballot, then you need to mail it back to the Clerk or drop it in a box in your county, which under the Emergency Regulations signed by the Governor and others must be located inside the Office of the County Clerk, inside the Courthouse – and visible at all times.) Of course, you may deliver it in person to the Clerk, depending on his/her office hours.
June 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for requesting a mail-in absentee ballot. The latest Submission date for the mail-in absentee ballot is by 6:00 p.m. on the June 23rd election day. It can be mailed to the County Court Clerk or possibly be delivered to her/his office in person after checking on the hours of office opening (don’t forget the option of the drop box spelled out above).
May 26, 2020, the day after MEMORIAL DAY, all voters must be registered to vote (Go to GoVoteKy.com or call your local county clerk’s office which is 238-1110 in Boyle); 606-365-4570 in Lincoln; 859-792-2961 in Garrard; 859-734-6310 in Mercer and in Casey 606-787-6471.
June 15, 2020, 11:59 p.m. is the deadline for requesting a mail-in absentee ballot, which will be sent to you by the Clerk.
Latest Submission date for the mail-in absentee ballot is by 6:00 p.m. on the June 23rd election day. It can be mailed to the County Court Clerk or possibly be delivered to her/his office in person. Check the hours before delivering. The ballot must be postmarked by the 23rd of June. (It is recommended that you deliver it to the post office if that is your option by the 20th of June to be safe; however, the Post Office is required to deliver it to the Clerk no later than June 27, 2020).
June 23, 2020, is the election which was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You may still vote in-person at a precinct which is still open, but there may be only two or three open in Boyle County according to Bottom. Note that you will have to vote your absentee ballot if you requested one. Failure to deliver your absentee ballot in accordance with the above to the Clerk in person or by mail (or in a drop box) will result in your vote’s not being counted.