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Early voting begins in Kentucky

Published: Oct. 13, 2020 at 10:07 AM EDT
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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - Early voting is officially underway in the commonwealth.

Voters in Fayette County have eight polling places where they can cast their ballots in-person:

  • Wellington Elementary, 3280 Keithshire Way
  • Garrett Morgan Elementary, 1150 Passage Mound Way
  • Tates Creek Branch Library, 3628 Walden Dr.
  • Northside Branch Library, 1733 Russell Cave Road
  • Beaumont Branch Library, 3080 Fieldstone Way
  • Dunbar Center, 545 N. Upper St.
  • Lexington Senior Center, 195 Life Lane (behind Southland Christian Church on Richmond Road)
  • And BCTC Leestown Campus, 164 Opportunity Way

It doesn’t matter where you’re located this year, you can come to any center that’s most convenient for you.

If you haven’t voted, there may be a surprise on the back of your ballot. Two lengthy constitutional amendments you might want to read before you go into the voting booth.

Some people left the Life Lane voting center more confused than when they went in to cast their ballots.

“I hope I made an informed vote," Cate Wagoner said. "But I had to do it in the spur of the moment and I just think most voters need to be aware before they vote that that’s part of the ballot.”

Wagoner was shocked to see two more questions on the ballot. One for Marsy’s Law, which would provide greater constitutional rights for crime victims. The other dealing with term limits for district court judges and commonwealth’s attorneys.

“I heard other people commenting in the line that they too weren’t aware,” Wagoner said.

Wagoner says she didn’t want to hold up the long line, especially since few people can be in the actual voting center at one time with the coronavirus guidelines.

“You’re aware of it moving along for their sake,” Wagoner said.

Now, she doesn’t want other voters to feel rushed, even asking for a sample ballot to make copies for her friends and family.

“It’s just the fact that, as a citizen, I felt like I should have been better informed before I voted,” Wagoner said.

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins Jr. is urging everyone to vote as early as possible.

Blevins says he is worried about problems that could happen with absentee ballots, so, if you’re not voting in-person, you’re still asked to get your absentee ballot in as soon as you can.

If you are voting in person, don’t forget to bring some form of identification and you will be required to wear your mask.

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