Fayette County Clerk Suggests Modifications To Voting In November Election

Jun 30, 2020

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Kentucky’s Primary 2020 results are in, more than a month later than most political observers would have said earlier this year.  County election officials may already be thinking about a general election just over four months away.

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins said he was concerned about handling the large number of mail-in ballots.  But, the county clerk added that process went well, it was in-person voting at UK’s Kroger Stadium that had some issues.  Blevins said states which routinely do more mail-in voting have centralized issuance and receipt facilities.

“They can through these, kind of a, automated scanner devices that will check barcodes and because your signature is in a particular location on the envelope, they can actually do optical reads of your signature and machinery can verify it’s your ballot much faster than humans.”

If COVID-19 conditions warrant a similar approach in November, Blevins would also like to see extending in-person voting to about a week and have more drop boxes. 

In the highly competitive U.S. Senate Primary, former military pilot Amy McGrath outdistanced Louisville State Representative Charles Booker in a tight racing, earning the right to take on long standing Senator Mitch McConnell.

Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins offers more insight about Primary Election 2020:

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