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Lexington announces 6 in-person voting locations, 3 ways to cast ballots

Posted at 1:40 PM, Sep 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-17 20:57:45-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The City of Lexington and the Fayette County Clerk has announced the six in-person polling locations for the November election.

The in-person locations are as follows:

  • Tates Creek Branch Library, 3628 Walden Dr.
  • Northside Branch Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road
  • Beaumont Branch Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way
  • Dunbar Center, 545 N. Upper St.
  • Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane
  • BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way

The polling locations are the result of a collaboration between the City of Lexington, the Fayette County Election Department, and the Lexington Public Library, Lexington Mayor Linda Gorton said.

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins Jr. said there will be three ways to vote this fall: early in-person, in-person on Election Day, or by absentee voting.

Blevins said every voter can qualify for absentee voting this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

There will be six drop-off locations available for voters to drop off their absentee ballots:

  • Tates Creek Branch Library, 3628 Walden Dr.
  • Northside Branch Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road
  • Beaumont Branch Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way
  • Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane
  • Fayette County Clerk’s Office, 162 East Main St.
  • One location to be announced at a later date

Blevins said the drop boxes are made of heavy gauge steel, bolted to the ground, and will be under tight surveillance.

"They are designed for this exact purpose," he said. "I am very confident they can handle the job."

Voters can still cast their absentee ballot by mail, but Blevins said that the drop boxes will be a good way to take some of the load off of the United States Postal Service this election season

"Anything we can do to help post office also helps us,” he said.

Voters must apply for an absentee ballot by Oct. 9.

The polling locations will be open for early voting from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday from Oct. 13 through Nov. 2; and from and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays during that same time frame.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Election Day.

Blevins encouraged voters to cast their ballots as soon as possible.

"Don't wait until Election Day," he said. "We’re going to have a bad day if we all do that."