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Where can I go to vote in Louisville? 7 Kentucky early in-person voting questions answered

Louisville Courier-Journal logo Louisville Courier-Journal 10/19/2020 Ben Tobin, Louisville Courier Journal

LOUISVILLE, Ky. — Early in-person voting is set to kick off in Kentucky on Tuesday.

Across the commonwealth, Kentuckians will have a record 18 days to go to a polling place in their county and vote in person before the Nov. 3 Election Day.

a group of men sitting at a table in front of a building: The KFC Yum Center at the intersection of Main and Second streets will serve as one of Jefferson County’s four early in-person polling locations. It will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting on Oct. 13 and running Monday through Saturday up to the Nov. 3 Election Day. © Jason Dobbins The KFC Yum Center at the intersection of Main and Second streets will serve as one of Jefferson County’s four early in-person polling locations. It will be open 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. starting on Oct. 13 and running Monday through Saturday up to the Nov. 3 Election Day.

Here's everything you should know about early in-person voting, as well as some information on absentee ballots:

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Where can I go to vote early in Kentucky?

Each county board of elections is in charge of submitting a plan to state officials that outlines how many polling locations they will have both before and on Election Day.

The number of vary across the commonwealth. To see your county's polling locations, contact your county clerk or go to sos.ky.gov/elections/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx.

In Jefferson County, there will be four early in-person polling locations:

  • Kentucky Exposition Center: 937 Phillips Lane, Fairgrounds North Wing
  • KFC Yum Center: Main and Second streets, foyer
  • Kentucky Center for African American Heritage: 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.
  • Louisville Marriott East: 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., Commonwealth Ballroom

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How long will early in-person voting locations be open?

For the first time in Kentucky's history, there will be three weeks of early in-person voting across the commonwealth. 

Each early in-person polling location will open starting Oct. 13 and run Monday through Saturday leading up to the election.

The times each polling location will remain open varies across the commonwealth. In Jefferson County, the four early in-person voting centers will be open from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

What public health and safety precautions will be in place?

In Jefferson County, the clerk's office is requiring that all voters wear masks at polling locations in order to stem the spread of the coronavirus.

Additional requirements may be in place depending on the polling locations. For example, at the KFC Yum Center, voters will need to submit to a temperature check.

Each polling location will enforce social distancing by keeping voters at least 6 feet apart from one another.

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How long will I have to wait to vote?

The length of the line will vary by polling location and by the time of day people choose to vote.

Kentucky Secretary of State Michael Adams said lines might be a little longer on the first couple of days and possibly on Saturdays. He predicted the lines will not remain consistently long for all three weeks.

"Lines are not a bad, unacceptable thing," he said. "You're going to have lines on Election Day. You've got lines for any sort of government activity. But I think they're going to be manageable."

I've requested an absentee ballot. Can I drop it off in person?

Yes — if you have requested an absentee ballot and are nervous that it might not arrive on time if you put it in the mail, you can drop it off in person.

County clerks will have secure drop-off boxes where voters can place their absentee ballot.

In Jefferson County, during the early in-person voting period, the drop-off boxes are at the aforementioned locations from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday before Election Day.

The Jefferson County Elections Center at 701 W. Ormsby Ave. also has a drop-off box from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Elections Center and the county's 20 Election Day polling locations, which include the four early in-person voting centers, will all have drop-off boxes available on Nov. 3 from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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If I've requested an absentee ballot, can I still vote in person?

The answer is a bit complicated.

Per the emergency regulations the state has adopted for this upcoming election, "Once a voter has requested a mail-in absentee ballot, the voter shall not vote in person unless the voter has failed to receive such requested ballot by Oct. 28, 2020."

Adams told The Courier Journal that the emergency regulations section on voting in person after requesting an absentee ballot is meant to create a "universal standard and get on the same page."

However, state law does not prohibit county clerks from processing absentee ballot cancellation requests, nor does it require clerks to do so, according to Adams. One state statute lays out the rules for canceling an absentee ballot after a voter, who thought they would be out of town on Election Day, is actually in town and able to go to their voting precinct.

"The law never really contemplated this level of customer service — that these people would be indecisive and change their mind on how they're going to vote," Adams said. "... So the law is a little unclear because we've never had this situation before."

Adams encouraged voters who requested an absentee ballot to stick with that method rather than changing their minds.

Related: Can you vote in person after requesting an absentee ballot?

How do I fill out an absentee ballot?

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Voters should use a black pen to fill out their ballots. For each race, the voter should entirely fill in the circle next to their preferred candidate.

After filling out the ballot, the voter should place the ballot in the manila envelope, sign the envelope where instructed and then seal it. 

Then, the voter should place the manila envelope in the white envelope, sign the white envelope where instructed and then seal it.

For the June 23 primary elections, thousands of absentee ballots were rejected statewide because of various voter errors in filling them out. A cure process, in which county clerks contact voters who had signature issues on their absentee ballots, is not written into Kentucky law.

But for this upcoming election, per the new plan, county clerks will be required to contact voters to try to cure these issues. 

Related: How do I fill out my absentee ballot? Kentucky voting questions answered 

Contact Ben Tobin at bjtobin@gannett.com and 502-377-5675 or follow him on Twitter @TobinBen

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