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**UPDATE** Website allows voters to check absentee ballot status

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**UPDATE** OHIO COUNTY, Ky. (6/12/20) — As we get closer to the June 23 Primary Election, due to the coronavirus pandemic, there are many ways for you to cast your vote. Perhaps the easiest is to request an absentee ballot from the state online.

To receive your absentee ballot, voters must request a ballot online at www.govoteky.com. Voters have until June 15 to request an absentee ballot online from the state. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by June 23, 2020.

If you miss the June 15 deadline, you can call the Ohio County Clerk’s Office at 270-298-4423 to request an absentee ballot.

If you’d like to check the status of your absentee ballot, you can visit this website https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/VIC/. After filling out the required information you can check the status of your absentee ballot.

For more information on other voting options for the June 23 Primary Election, see the original post below.

However you decide to vote, just vote. Make your voice heard.


OHIO COUNTY, Ky. — The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted just about everything for the last several months and it appears the disruption will continue into June, at least when it comes to the 2020 Primary Election.

In April, Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams came together to figure out how to have an election during a pandemic. Gov. Beshear later issued an executive order outlining the guidelines for the June 23 Primary Election. Ohio County Clerk Bess Ralph, along with the County Board of Elections, then took the Governor’s guidelines and to figure out how Ohio County would take part in the Primary Election.

According to Ralph’s Office, in order to give citizens of Ohio County more option to vote, while also following the guidelines laid out by Gov. Beshear, the County Board of Elections put in place the following locations and options:

  • Vote by mail with online request
    For those choosing this option, voters must request a ballot online at www.govoteky.com. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by June 23, 2020.

 

  • Vote by mail with County Clerk request
    By choosing this option, voters must call the Clerk’s Office to request a mail-in absentee ballot. To request a mail-in ballot, call 270-298-4423

 

  • Vote in-person at the Clerk’s Office
    Vote in-person at the Clerk’s Office from June 1-June 22 from 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-noon Saturday.

 

  • Vote in-person on Election Day
    Vote in-person from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. June 23 at the Ohio County High School. All precincts will vote at this location.

“We appreciate your kindness and understanding during these difficult times,” Ralph said. “We want to give every voter the opportunity to exercise their right to vote the way they choose, in a safe environment following the guidelines set by the Governor and Secretary of State.”

If you have any questions about the upcoming election, call the Clerk’s Office at 270-298-4422.

To view a PDF sample of the Primary Election ballot, click here.

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