Absentee ballots alone exceed typical primary turnout for Kentucky

Published: Jun. 23, 2020 at 12:13 PM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - It has been an unusual election year so far, especially when it comes to the number of absentee ballots.

It’s how hundreds of thousands of votes have already been cast this year.

University of Kentucky professor Josh Douglas has written a book about election laws and he is watching what happens during Kentucky’s primary election pretty closely.

Keep in mind, there was a huge push this year for the mail-in ballot and Douglas says the number of absentee ballots requested has already exceeded what a typical primary turnout is for Kentucky.

That is why, he says, we’re not going to see hours-long waits at polling locations.

And, while Douglas would have liked to see more in-person polling available, he does think this primary process is better than anything we’ve done before.

“It’s not the 600,000 voters for one polling place in Louisville or 250,000 voters for one polling place in Lexington,” Douglas said. “That was never going to be the case given the amount of mail-in balloting that we had.”

This is the first time state leaders have given every Kentuckian a chance to vote absentee.

If you still have that ballot, just get it postmarked by June 23, and it will be counted.

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