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Fayette County clerk to voters: Vote right now to avoid problems on Election Day

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Posted at 2:06 PM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 17:42:30-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins Jr. has an urgent message for voters – vote early.

Right now, he said, not enough people are taking advantage of the opportunity.

“We need for people to spread out and to vote right now,” Blevins said.

Blevins said that out of the eight voting locations in Lexington, the Tates Creek and Beaumont libraries are busiest, but the lines are still pretty short. At the other spots, there are often no lines at all.

“We've had a good start, not a great start, but a good start in terms of early voting,” Blevins said. “We've already voted over 21,000 people which is nice, but we need to have the number go a lot higher this week and next week so that we avoid crowds at the very end of the cycle.”

Blevins said if early voting numbers don't pick up, it will put a strain on Election Day for poll workers and those waiting in potentially long lines.

“Anyone with a physical challenge, please go ahead and vote now,” he said. “The reason is your wait time will be minimal, particularly if you go anywhere other than Beaumont or Tates Creek library. You'll be in and out and that way you avoid standing for a while in line potentially outside the building. That's just not good for folks with those kinds of challenges.”

To help limit wait times, you can view a sample ballot online ahead of time.

For those with an absentee ballot still sitting at home, Blevins says to make sure it gets dropped off soon, so workers can catch and help correct any mistakes in time.