Casting Ballots During COVID-19

Kentucky and Indiana are taking two approaches toward mail-in ballots.

Posted: Aug 20, 2020 11:20 PM
Updated: Aug 21, 2020 2:11 PM

With changes to the United States Postal Service put on hold until after the November 3rd elections, many voters can remain at ease when it comes to mail-in voting.

However, with record numbers of mail-in ballots expected this election year due to COVID-19, the earlier you request and send in your vote, the better.

In Kentucky, the online portal to request a ballot opens August 21st and, just as in the primary, health risks are still a valid reason to vote by mail.

While Kentucky voters can use COVID-19 as a reason to request mail-in ballots, that isn't the case in Indiana, but the Posey County Clerk said she doesn't think that will affect voter turnout.

"Most voters want to vote no matter how they can vote, and they're going to take any precautions that they feel comfortable with doing," said clerk Kay Kilgore. "I think we will have an increased absentee by mail than normal, but I don't think that it will be at the level that we had in the primary."

To qualify, voters will need to list an excuse other than COVID-19, including job, disability or illness to get a mail-in ballot.

Applications are now open in Indiana and can be downloaded online or requested through a local county clerk's office.

The deadline to request ballots in both Kentucky and Indiana is late October.

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