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Kentucky counties preparing for Election Day

Posted at 5:05 PM, Jun 22, 2020
and last updated 2020-06-23 08:44:58-04

PARIS, Ky. (LEX 18) — Due to the spread of COVID-19 and the decrease in the number of poll workers, Louisville, Lexington, and the majority of Kentucky counties will only have one polling location tomorrow.

That's why absentee ballots and early voting were made more accessible leading to primary day.

But some counties around central Kentucky are still opening multiple precincts.

There are normally 16 voting precincts in Bourbon County. Tomorrow, there will be two.

"This is all new territory for everybody. And it's just really unreal. Absolutely unreal," Bourbon County Clerk Richard Stipp Eads said.

Eads was bouncing around today getting ready, and only had time to talk on the phone.

There are many races at stake on Tuesday, with the most attention on the Democratic nomination for the US Senate.

Eads says about a third of voters in Bourbon County registered for absentee ballots. He said it was still crucial to have two locations for Election Day to accommodate thousands who might line up.

"We decided to go with two because the town is so long, and it makes it so much easier, so much more sense," said Eads.

There are several other counties within an hour of Lexington with multiple voting locations. The Secretary of State's website has a list of every polling place.

After every voter, spots will be cleaned and sanitized in an effort to keep everyone as safe as possible.

Eads says that as long as you're in line by 6:00 pm, even if it's outside the polling location, you can cast a ballot.