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Fayette County Election Department suffers 'devastating' setback in regard to mailing out ballots

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Posted at 12:16 PM, Sep 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-14 12:25:32-04

The Fayette County Clerk Elections Department announced Monday it suffered a “devastating” setback in regard to mailing out ballots to voters after an employee within the department tested positive for COVID-19.

“We are in the process of establishing backup processes, but this will definitely have a significant impact,” Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins Jr. said in a release issued Monday.

Blevins said the department is hoping to keep delays to a minimum, with possibly just a few extra days for voters who have already requested a ballot to receive one.

The delay will affect voters who have already requested ballots via the GoVoteKy.com portal.

Blevins said that some voters might see their ballots by late September, but many will not receive their ballots until the first week of October.

Per CDC guidelines, the Elections Department will be shut down as employees in the area are required to self-quarantine for two weeks.

The department is expected to reopen on Sept. 28.

During that time, citizens will be unable to contact the Elections Department until employees can return.

Questions about the upcoming election can temporarily be directed to the Kentucky State Board of Elections at 1-800-246-1399.

Visit the clerk’s website for up-to-date information regarding the election, as well as other services

Key Dates and Deadline for KY Voters

Early Voting:
Oct. 13 - Nov. 2, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live

Registration Deadlines:
Online: Oct. 5
By mail: Received by Oct. 5
In Person: Oct.5

Absentee Ballot Deadlines:
Request: Oct. 9
Return by mail: Postmarked by Nov. 3
Return in person: Nov. 3 by 6:00 p.m.