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Fayette County Clerk Predicting Large Primary Voter Turnout

Stu Johnson

Thanks to mail-in voting, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins is predicting twice as many voters for the June 23rd Primary Election compared to the last presidential primary four years ago. 

Blevins and county clerks all across the state are urging Kentuckians to request a ballot online and then send the completed ballot back in by mail.  Blevins said it’s the best approach during the coronavirus pandemic.  “We’re going to continue our success at flattening the curve and keep it flat.  I want to remind everyone, that’s why we’re doing this.  It’s not got anything to do with politics.  It has everything to do with saving lives,” said Blevins.

For those needing special accommodations, appointments can be made to vote in person at the Lexington Senior Center between June 8th and the 23rd.  Ballots can also be dropped off outside gate 9 at UK’s Kroger football field June 15th through the 22nd.  On Election Day, one in-person voting location will be established at Kroger Field.  Blevins hopes very few people decide to vote in person.    Blevins said Wednesday afternoon more than 40,000 ballots had been requested with many back in his office.  “Up until today, it’s been a trickle.  Under normal circumstances we get about three to five buckets of mail for vehicle renewals and the like.  Today we got 28 buckets of mail.   I don’t know how many thousands of ballots yet.  We haven’t counted them, but it was a bunch.  So, it has begun, people have started using it,” said Blevins.

Election results will be finalized and made public on June 30th.  Ballots can be requested on line at go vote kentucky dot com.

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