You will be casting your votes on paper ballots on Nov. 3

  • Pendleton County voters were already in line on opening day of voting in-person in Kentucky.
    Pendleton County voters were already in line on opening day of voting in-person in Kentucky.

    Just as voters did in June for the primary election that set up the combatants for the general election, voters who vote in-person either in Rita Spencer’s County Clerk office starting on Tuesday, October 13 and/or on Election Day Tuesday, November 3 will do so on a paper ballot.
    Spencer’s office will be providing the appropriate ink pens and handling all sanitizing during in-person voting.
    You can view a sample ballot on page 8.
    In-person voting starts in Spencer’s office on Tuesday, October 13. Her office is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Monday thru Friday. The office is also open on Saturdays during the rest of October from 8 a.m. to noon.
    Spencer indicated that the state has provided funds for an additional four Election Board Commission members to work out of her office for four weeks as they prepare and conduct the election.
    That includes operating two different machines on a daily basis that will tabulate the absentee ballots being received as well as the paper ballots from the in-person early voting.
    Voters will be able to vote at their normal precinct polling places at Pendleton County High School, Southern Elementary and Northern Elementary.
    To provide better social distancing, the polling places at each of the three schools will be located in the gyms.
    Friday, October 9 was the last date to request an absentee ballot.
    Spencer said, “The sooner everyone gets their absentee ballots back, the sooner we will have results on Election Day.”
    The state has changed the guidelines for acceptance of absentee ballots after the General Election on Tuesday, November 3. It is now Friday, November 6 with a postmark of Tuesday, November 3.
    In June, absentee ballots had to be postmarked on Election Day but were accepted for two weeks. That is no longer the case and voters should not wait till the last moinmute on returning their absentee ballots.