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County clerk preparing for unprecedented Primary

Posted at 6:45 PM, Jun 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-09 19:20:22-04

SCOTT COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — In-person absentee voting is well underway at Anne Mason Elementary in Georgetown. Scott County has more than 43,000 registered voters.

Scott County Clerk Rebecca Johnson says her office has mailed around 9,000 absentee ballots, a number she estimates could double in the general election.

Her office is staying busy preparing for an unprecedented primary.

"We are processing many more pieces of absentee mail-in ballots," said Johnson.

With all the changes she reports there have been a few minor glitches. One democratic voter notified her office that she requested a mail-in ballot and received a republican ballot. Another registered republican voter said he received a democrat ballot.

Johnson says she appreciates voters bringing errors to her attention. She tells LEX 18 a small batch of 59 voters received the wrong ballots.

"We're glad that voter notified us quickly. We were proactive and contacted all the other voters before they were contacting us," said Johnson.

Tom Withers is one of the voters who received the wrong ballot. He says he understands the new challenges faced by county clerks across the state.

"We're in unusual times, things can happen so I don't think it's anything worrisome right now, " said Withers.