Voters who won't be able to go the polls for the May 21 primary election can cast their ballots through one of two absentee processes that are available.

    The absentee voting machine, which is located in the Wayne County 
Clerk's Office, is now open. Voters who will be out of town on May 21 
can stop by the office during regular business hours through Monday, 
May 20 and cast their ballot.
    Wayne County Clerk Heather Piercy said the office hours are 8 a.m. 
until 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The office will be open the 
first three Saturdays in May from 8 a.m. until 12 noon, which will 
give voters more time to use the machine.
    The clerk's office is also accepting applications for traditional 
paper absentee ballots. The deadline for applications is May 14. The 
ballots themselves must be returned by mail and received by the 
county clerk's office by 6 p.m. local time on the day of the primary 
election.
    According to the Secretary of State's Office, to quality to vote by 
mail-in absentee ballot, a voter must be:
    • Advanced in age, disabled, or ill.
    • Military personnel, their dependents, or overseas citizens.
    • A student who temporarily resides outside the county.
    • Temporarily residing outside of Kentucky and who maintains 
eligibility to vote in Kentucky, such as a "snowbird."
    • Incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime.
    • Prevented from voting in person at the polls on election day and 
from casting an in-person absentee ballot in the county clerk's 
office on all days in-person absentee voting is conducted because of 
his or her employment location.
    • A participant in the Secretary of State's Address Confidentiality 
Program.
    Qualified military and overseas voters may use GoVoteKY.com to 
request and receive their blank absentee ballots.
    "Voting in our elections is both a right and a responsibility," said 
Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes. "If you know you cannot 
make it to the polls on Election Day, there are a number of options 
for Kentuckians to cast a ballot, including by mail or in person 
before Election Day."
    While the majority of races on this year's ballot are for statewide 
offices, including governor, there will be a race of local interest 
on the ballot this fall. Because of the recent resignation from 
Monticello City Council, a special election will be held to fill that 
seat for the remainder of the term, which is through the end of 2020.
    Piercy said that candidates who are interested in seeking that seat 
have until June 4 at 4 p.m. to file paperwork.
    Anyone with election related questions should contact the Wayne County Clerk's Office.

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