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Absentee voting begins Monday

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By Linda Ireland

The deadline to register to vote in the upcoming May 20 Primary Election is Monday, April 21.

County clerks’ offices throughout Kentucky will accept voter registration cards until the close of business on that date. Mail-in voter registration applications must be postmarked by April 21.

Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information no later than April 21. I individuals who move from one county to another county while the voter registration books are open and fail to update their registration information before the voter registration books close are not permitted to vote in the Primary.

Changes in party affiliation for the 2014 Primary Election were due by December 31, 2013. Voters who changed their party affiliation after that date are not eligible to vote in partisan races in the Primary, although they may vote on nonpartisan races on the May Primary ballot. Voters who changed their party affiliation after Dec.31, 2013, may still vote for their candidates of choice in the November General Election.

Absentee voting

Absentee voting has already started.

LaRue County Clerk Linda Carter will be sending out absentee ballots by traditional mail and email as they are requested.

Absentee voting is open to military members and their dependents, residents living overseas, students temporarily living out of the county and voters temporarily living outside Kentucky, voters incarcerated but not convicted, voters whose employment takes them outside the county on the days and hours polls are open, senior voters and those suffering from a disability or illness, according to the Secretary of State’s Office.

The May 20 primary is the first election in which victims of domestic violence and sexual abuse can vote without revealing their address through mail-in absentee ballot if they are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program.

“No voter should be discouraged from voting out of fear for their safety or subjected to any undue influence in casting his or her ballot,” Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes said in a statement. “These new laws help protect the right of all voters to participate in our elections securely and privately and maintain the integrity of Kentucky elections.”

Carter said absentee ballots must be returned to her office by 6 p.m. on Election Day.

In-person absentee voting – for people who will be out of town on Election Day – is scheduled to start later this month.

Change in polling places

For the first time – at least in recent voting history – no ballots will be cast at the LaRue County Courthouse during the primary.

The Barren Run precinct, the last one to vote at the courthouse, has been moved to Hodgenville First Baptist Church on Tonieville Road.

The Upton precinct has moved also. Votes will be cast at Upton Plaza, 29 Magnolia St.

If you have any questions about your voter registration – or where to vote – call Carter’s office at 270-358-3544.

 

LARUE COUNTY POLLING PLACES

A101 – HODGENVILLE WEST – Hodgenville First Baptist Church

B101 – HODGENVILLE EAST – Hodgenville Elementary School gym

B102 – WHITE CITY – Hodgenville Elementary School gym

A103 – HODGENVILLE – Hodgenville Elementary School gym

B103 – LYONS – Rolling Fork Christian Church

C101 – BUFFALO – Abraham Lincoln Elementary School cafeteria

C102 – LINCOLN FARM – Abraham Lincoln Elementary School cafeteria

C103 – OTTER – Abraham Lincoln Elementary School cafeteria

D101 – MAGNOLIA – Magnolia Fire Department

D102 – UPTON – Upton Plaza, 29 Magnolia St., Upton

D103 – MOUNT SHERMAN – Mount Moriah Christian Life Center

D104 – BARREN RUN – Hodgenville First Baptist Church