Absentee rules for school tax election, County Clerk Jones predicts 40 percent turnout
Voters wishing to cast absentee ballots for the June 26 special election to decide the fate of a 5.5 cent (per $100 of assessed property value) tax hike for a new high school can do so in person through Monday, June 25.
Woodford County Clerk Sandy Jones said the absentee ballot machine in the county courthouse began accepting votes on Thursday, June 14, and will remain open until Monday at 4 p.m. Mailed ballots will be accepted until 6 p.m. on Tuesday.
On the first day the machine was used, 66 voters cast absentee ballots, said Jones, who predicted a 40 percent turnout for the June 26 election.
The following rules for mail-in and machine absentee ballots are taken from state election law and can also be found on the Woodford County Clerk’s website (www.woodfordcountyclerk.com.)
Mail-in absentee ballot eligibility
Voter who, due to age, disability or illness, is unable to go to the polls;
Voter who is a Kentucky resident and is a covered voter as defined in KRS 117A.010;
Student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he is registered;
Voter who temporarily resides outside the state but who is still eligible to vote in Kentucky;
Person who is incarcerated and charged with a crime but not yet convicted of the crime;
Person whose employment location requires him to be absent from the county all hours and all days absentee voting by machine is conducted;
Military personnel confined to a military base on Election Day;
Voter who moved to another state after its voter registration books closed;
Person who is a participant in the Kentucky Secretary of State’s address confidentiality program.
Voting machine absentee ballot eligibility
Voter who due to age, disability or illness will be unable to go to the polls;
Voter who will be outside the county on Election Day;
Student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he is registered who will be out of the county on election day;
Voter who is a member of the Armed Forces or a dependent and will be out of the county on Election Day;
Voter who is a citizen residing overseas and will be out of the county on Election Day;
Voter or spouse of voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day;
Precinct election officer serving in a precinct other than that in which he is registered or is an alternate precinct election officer;
Member of any staff of the County Board of Elections; any deputy county clerk; or any staff for the State Board of Elections;
A woman in her last trimester of pregnancy.
According to Jones, both mail-in and voting machine applications to vote by absentee ballot are signed in the county clerk’s office before voting, unless it is necessary to have an application mailed to the voter. The voter’s signature on the application attests to the reason for being unable to vote at their precinct on election day.
People who can’t make it to the county clerks’ office to request an application for an absentee ballot can do so by phone (873-3421), mail or request by phone from a family member.