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Final preparations underway for in-person voting in Kentucky’s primary election

Published: Jun. 22, 2020 at 11:16 AM EDT
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JESSAMINE CO., Ky. (WKYT) - Election officials are making the final preparations for Tuesday’s primary election.

They are making sure everyone who decides to vote in person knows what to expect.

In Jessamine County, County Clerk Johnny Collier says there will be four polling places open in Jessamine county. That’s Wilmore Elementary School, Nicholasville Elementary, East Jessamine Middle School, and Southland Christian Church.

Collier says voters can go to any location, but they need to bring a form of ID, preferably a driver’s license.

“We can’t require people to wear a mask,” Collier said. “If they want to, they’re more than welcome to. If they want to wear gloves, they’re more than welcome to. All of our people working there will be wearing masks.”

He says it hard to predict how many people will show up to Tuesday. But he tells us the clerks office sent out nearly 12,000 absentee ballots and around 5,000 have been returned.

Franklin County Clerk Jeff Hancock says his office mailed out over 15,000 absentee ballots. He says about 10,000 of those ballots are already back. Tuesday, there’ll be three polling places open in Franklin co.

Hancock says shields will be up to protect poll workers.

A lot of absentee ballots also went out in Fayette County. Tuesday, there’ll only be one polling place open, Kroger Field. Voters are asked to wear a mask as they wait in line to vote on new voting machines.

County clerks say absentee ballots must be in the mail by Tuesday to be counted. In Jessamine County, you have until four Monday afternoon to hand-deliver your ballot outside the clerk’s office.

In-person polling places will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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