Registered republicans in Harlan County may cast their vote via absentee ballot if unable to travel to the Republican Caucus in Hyden on March 5.
Harlan County Republican Party Chairman Paul Caldwell said all Harlan County Republicans are eligible to attend the caucus.
According to the Republic Party of Kentucky’s website, voting hours are 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Only registered Republicans are eligible to vote on March 5. Voters must have registered as Republicans by Dec. 31. Every county Republican Party has the option to hold a caucus or conduct a regional caucus with neighboring counties. A typical county party will hold its own caucus in one location. The most populous counties will have multiple caucus locations.
“Since we have not got a caucus in Harlan…everybody here in the county has an opportunity to vote by absentee ballot,” Caldwell said.
The caucus will be held at the Nixon Center in Hyden.
The website states voters who meet one of the following qualifying criteria may apply to vote absentee:
• The voter will be absent from their county on the day of the caucus
• A caucus location is not established in the county in which the voter’s registration record is filed
• The voter is an active duty member of the military and is stationed outside the county in which their voter registration record is filed
• The voter will be at least 70 years of age on the day of the caucus
• The voter, due to a medical condition or disability, admission to or residence in a healthcare facility, would face undue hardship to vote in person at the voter’s designated caucus location
• The voter is a student who does not reside in the county in which their voter registration record is filed.
Absentee ballots can be obtained via the website at http://rpk.org/caucus/how/
Absentee ballots may be turned in via several methods:
• Via U.S. Postal Service: Republican Party of Kentucky, PO Box 1068, Frankfort, KY 40602. The website states in order to receive and absentee ballot by mail, an application for an absentee ballot must be received by the Republican Party of Kentucky no later than Feb. 19;
• Via fax: 502-223-5625;
• In Person: Republican Party of Kentucky, 105 W 3rd Street, Frankfort, KY 40601;
• By email: To: [email protected], Subject: Absentee Voting. No other email address is authorized to accept applications.
Completed absentee ballots must be received at the state party headquarters by 5 p.m. on March 4.
A voter will become ineligible to vote in person at any caucus location once an absentee ballot has been mailed to the voter.
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