Fayette County Clerk frustrated Ky. Secretary of State hasn’t approved election plan

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Published: Oct. 2, 2020 at 11:51 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - We are just 10 short days away from the beginning of early in-person voting in Kentucky.

Meanwhile, Secretary of State Michael Adams says Fayette County is not ready and needs more polling places. County Clerk Don Blevins disagrees and says it’s just not possible.

“I really don’t want to see a voter suppression problem in Fayette County,” Adams said.

“Lexington is just going to have to react to our reality," Blevins said. "We have to play the hand we are dealt.”

Adams says the six voting locations in Fayette County are not enough. He is pushing for schools to be used, tweeting Friday afternoon his office is now working with Fayette County schools in hopes of finding locations.

Friday morning, Blevins morning spoke to us about the challenges of find locations. Instead, Blevins says he needs the community to vote absentee in order to avoid lines

We all remember the long lines at Kroger Field during the June primary.

But what happens if the secretary of state rejects Fayette County’s election plans?

“There are no more locations, Nick. That is the problem. And that is what I explained to his staff on Tuesday. So, right now it is just discussions and conversations. I really don’t know what will happen if elects to reject our plan or vote no or whatever,” Blevins said.

“I’ve got about 12 counties around the state that have opened up every single precinct," Adams said. "If they can do that, why can’t other counties do that?”

Meanwhile, Blevins makes a big push for absentee voting in hopes fewer crowds will be seen. He is hoping 70% of the voting population will use the service.

As of Friday morning, Blevins has not spoken with Secretary Adams.

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