Kentucky to allow mail-in voting through absentee ballots for primary

On Wednesday, Governor Beshear said he wants Kentucky to strongly consider voting by mail....
On Wednesday, Governor Beshear said he wants Kentucky to strongly consider voting by mail. (Photo: WKYT/Phil Pendleton)(WKYT)
Published: Apr. 24, 2020 at 11:02 AM EDT
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Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams have reached an agreement on how the state’s primary election scheduled for June 23 will be conducted during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Secretary Adams sent Governor Beshear a

, and Friday the Governor issued an

that will be in place in June.

“Today’s Executive Order and regulations that will be created by the Kentucky State Board of Elections will allow all Kentuckians who are registered to vote for the upcoming primary to vote by mail through an absentee ballot,” said Governor Beshear. “While there will be significant education and work required, we are committed to making sure this election will be held in a safe manner while we are in this worldwide health pandemic.”

Secretary Adams says state law currently allows voters to vote by mail in case of illness or medical emergency. Adams says the plan makes this easier by providing a secure online portal, in addition to traditional methods of request, in order to obtain an absentee ballot.

“Voters across the political spectrum will be pleased with this plan to protect both democracy and public health,” said Secretary Adams. “I’m grateful to Governor Beshear for his leadership, and his working in good faith with me toward ensuring a successful and safe election.”

Governor Beshear said the State Board of Elections will also be working on a plan to safely conduct limited in-person voting and a possible drive-through voting option so that those voters who cannot vote by mail can exercise their right to vote.

For more information on the state’s response to COVID-19 visit,