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Final day to apply for mail-in absentee ballot for Nov. 5 election

Posted at 8:25 AM, Oct 29, 2019
and last updated 2019-10-29 08:25:44-04

(LEX 18) — Tuesday is the final day to request a mail-in absentee ballot for next week's General Election.

Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said those seeking a mail-in ballot to vote absentee in the Nov. 5 election must make the request through their county clerk's office.

"If you know you cannot make it to the polls on Election Day, there are a number of options for Kentuckians to cast a ballot, including by mail or in person before Election Day," Grimes said in a statement.

All mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk by 6 p.m. Nov. 5.

The secretary of state's office lists the following criteria for voting via mail-in absentee ballot:

  • Advanced in age, disabled or ill
  • Military personnel, their dependents or overseas citizens
  • A student who temporarily resides outside the county
  • Temporarily residing outside of Kentucky and who maintains eligibility to vote in Kentucky, such as a "snowbird"
  • Incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime
  • Prevented from voting in person at the polls on Election Day and from casting an in-person absentee ballot in the county clerk's office on all days in-person absentee voting is conducted because of his or her employment location
  • A participant in the secretary of state’s Address Confidentiality Program

Qualified military and overseas voters may use [] to request absentee ballots.

Anyone with questions about voting can contact their county clerk or call the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100.