Early, In-Person Voting Running Smoothly and Safely in Western Kentucky

After two days of early, in-person voting in Western Kentucky, thousands of votes have been cast, and even with the higher than expected voter turnout, county clerks are saying that lines are moving quickly.

Posted: Oct 14, 2020 6:30 PM

Early in person voting began on Tuesday, and our Western Kentucky counties have already seen thousands of voters come to the polls early.

Henderson County residents cast more than 900 votes on the first day of in-person voting.

In Hopkins county, more than 1200 people voted in person onTuesday.

And more than 1500 voters cast a ballot in Daviess County on Tuesday, but even with the higher than normal turnout, Daviess County voters aren’t having to wait too long.

“All of it so far has been great," said Daviess County clerk Leslie McCarty. "The crowds have been here early. Not a whole lot of time to wait. I know on day one the longest a voter had to wait was 20 minutes.”

Additionally, over 6,100 absentee ballots have been returned and logged in by election officials in Daviess County.

Bringing Daviess County’s total to more than 7600 votes cast after Monday,

And If you’re a Daviess County resident in a time crunch this week, McCarty suggests coming to the Town Square Mall location over the courthouse.

“There’s not a lot of downtown parking in ownesboro, and if you’re coming to the courthouse to vote, some people are there to do other business besides voting, so I would probably recommend coming here to the old Burke’s department store," said McCarty. "Here would be your quickest method.”

And one voter 44News spoke to at the Town Square Tall about his first time experience casting an early vote.

“It took about 5 to 10 minutes to get through the line, and they social distanced everyone and got through everyone pretty quickly," said Daviess County resident Jacob Masterson. "I did feel safe. They made sure whenever everyone came up to the counter, to get their ballot, everyone was six feet away. It was a quick process.”

And with so many people voting early for the first time this year, some in line were wondering where exactly their early votes would go.

“They are safely secured and counted on Election Day," said McCarty. "We lock them up every night. They get put away and locked up, and on Election Day, we will take the MBB’s, they’re like a jump drive, we’ll take those out on Election Day and load those up on election night.”

You can cast an early in-person vote anytime from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 pm Monday - Friday at the county courthouse or the Town Square Mall.

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