Absentee Voting in November 4, 2014, General Election Begins
|Press Release Date:||Wednesday, September 17, 2014|
Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s Secretary of State and Chief Election Official, announced today that eligible voters may request mail-in absentee ballots in Kentucky’s November 4, 2014, General Election. Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include:
• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens
• Students who temporarily reside outside the county
• Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)
• Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted
• Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open
• Voters of advanced age or who suffer from disability or illness
• Voters who are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program
Voters may request an absentee ballot application from their county clerk in person or via telephone, fax, or email. Applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the clerk’s office by no later than October 28, 2014, and the completed absentee ballot must be received by the county clerk by 6:00 p.m. local time on Election Day.
“Voting is both a right and a responsibility,” said Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official. “I hope as many of Kentucky’s voters as possible will make their voices heard in our General Election.”
Several new laws championed by Grimes are making it easier and safer for Kentuckians to participate in the absentee voting process. Under the Military Heroes Voting Initiative, qualified military and overseas voters may apply for and receive an absentee ballot through a new online portal. And participants in Grimes’ new Address Confidentiality Program (ACP) for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are now able to vote absentee.
Pursuant to another new law, the identities of absentee voters will not be disclosed until after the election. In the past, absentee ballot applications were subject to open records requests, making absentee voters particularly susceptible to attempts to purchase their votes.
“These new laws are important tools to overcome the obstacles faced by military voters, victims of domestic violence, and absentee voters,” said Grimes. “I’m proud of the work we’ve done to help protect the right of all voters to participate in our elections and maintain the integrity of Kentucky elections.”
Individuals who do not qualify to vote by mail-in absentee ballot may still be eligible to vote in person prior to Election Day. In-person absentee voting will begin in all counties no later than 12 working days prior to the election, although county boards of elections may permit in-person absentee voting to start earlier. In-person absentee voting is conducted during the county clerk’s regular business hours on voting machines similar to those used on Election Day.
Persons with questions about absentee voting should contact their county clerk or the State Board of Elections. Additional information is also available at www.elect.ky.gov. For details about the ACP, please visit www.sos.ky.gov.
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