Fayette County prepares for Tuesday’s primary election

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 5:32 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Tuesday is Election Day for Kentucky’s primary, but the voting process looks a lot different during a global pandemic.

Although a lot of people won’t even see a polling site, there are still options for in-person voting for those who need it.

Polling sites are scaled way back, with only 170 locations statewide. In Lexington, Kroger Field will be the only in-person voting option for Tuesday.

Voters can enter through gate 10 or gate 11 and will be asked to wear face masks, as well as practice social distancing.

“In order to keep the lines manageable on Election Day the governor and I agreed to allow voters to mail back absentee ballots as late as tomorrow, June 23,” Secretary of State Michael Adams said. “The cost of that, however, is that it takes a couple of days for those ballots to come in.”

The Kentucky Board of Elections says that 90 percent of total votes for this election will be early in-person or absentee voting.

And that’s changing when we’ll receive totals as well.

“Those will only be in-person votes that took place at that polling location on Election Day on June 23, so any votes that were early in person will not be on those totals, any mail-in absentee ballots will not be on those totals as well, the only thing posted on those doors will be in-person vote totals for that location on that day only,” said Executive Director of State Board of Elections Jared Dearing.

We also talked to Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins about how results will work here.

Tomorrow night those in-person voting totals and early in-person voting totals will be posted at their respective sites, but Blevins says those results will be wildly inaccurate.

Next Tuesday is when the Fayette County Clerk’s office will run all the vote totals, including absentees, to get a final tally, so it’s likely we won’t know race winners until June 30.

“Certainly at the statewide level we’re not able to project returns tomorrow because we’re just not going to have them in hand yet,” Adams said.

The deadline for all counties to return their vote totals to the secretary of state’s election’s office is 6 p.m. on June 30.

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