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Polls open, early voting begins across Kentucky

Posted at 9:28 AM, Oct 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-13 09:55:42-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Early voting started Tuesday across the state, just three weeks from Election Day. This option, which is open to all voters, is part of the many precautions being taken to allow people to exercise their right to vote while still staying safe from the coronavirus.

If you plan to vote in person in Fayette County, here’s what you need to know.

There are eight polling locations in Lexington this year:

  • Tates Creek Branch Library, 3628 Walden Dr.
  • Northside Branch Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road
  • Beaumont Branch Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way
  • Dunbar Community Center, 545 N. Upper St.
  • Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane (behind Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road)
  • BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way
  • Wellington Elementary, 3280 Keithshire Way
  • Garrett Morgan Elementary, 1150 Passage Mound Way

“All of those locations are available to voters. It doesn't matter which one you go to. You just go to the one that's closest to your work or your home. Whatever is most convenient for you,” said Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins, Jr.
The locations are open weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. They will be open on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Blevins says voters will need to bring their I.D. and wear a face mask.

“We have some disposable masks that are deployed. They'll be offered one of those,” said Blevins. “If they still refuse to wear that, they'll be turned away. It's absolutely unconscionable to risk somebody else’s life just because you can't wear a mask for two minutes while you vote. That's just silly.”

Blevins also suggests voters read the constitutional amendments on the back of the ballot in advance and know how they're going to vote, so they're not holding up the line.

You can look over a sample ballot online.