Absentee Voting Could Reach All Time High

Experts expect this November's elections to attract more absentee and early voters than ever.

With an increase of absentee ballots, election officials say you also have to watch for an increase of voter fraud.

"If you don't vote, don't complain!" that's the message being posted in county clerk's offices across the state.

For those who can't vote in their designated precincts on November seventh, the polls are open.

"A voter who will be outside of the county on election day, a student that will be outside the county on election day and a voter who's a member of the armed forces or a dependant in the armed forces," Haven King said.

Halloween is the last day voters can request a paper ballot by mail and Secretary of State Trey Grayson says there's already an increase of requests, due to more people traveling but there has also been a flood of complaints.

"We've been receiving calls from all around Kentucky over the last couple of weeks now and I know the U.S. Attorney's Office and the Attorney General's Office have also been getting calls," Grayson said.

Together, with the attorney general's office, Grayson says they'll target the most suspicious polls, but Kentucky already has safe guards against voter fraud like verifying voters' signatures, but some county clerks say even that can be tricky.

"Some of these people signed these cards 50 years ago and we'll look to see how a 't' is or something like that," King said.

With open polls, electioneering laws are also in effect, meaning the bumper stickers, t-shirts and vote-for-me gifts have to be given out some place else besides voting precincts.

For other election complaints call your county clerk or the state board of elections.


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