With the May primaries looming closer, those wishing to vote should make sure they are registered and eligible to cast a ballot come Election Day.
Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins explains in order to vote in the May 17 election, voters must be registered by April 18.
“On May 17, we’ll have the Democrat ballot which will include the president, U.S. and state representatives and senators,” said Hoskins. “We’ll also have Republican U.S. and state representatives and senators.”
Hoskins pointed out the Republican votes for president were previously cast at caucus.
The April 18 deadline includes those registering for the first time or those needing to change their address.
Those that meet certain criteria can apply for a paper absentee ballot. This criteria includes people who due to age, disability or illness will be unable to go to the polls on election day, students who temporarily reside outside the county in which they are registered (these ballots must be mailed to an out-of-county address), voters who temporarily reside in another state but are still eligible to vote in Kentucky (most be mailed to out-of-state address), persons who are incarcerated in jail who have been charged with a crime but have yet to be convicted of a crime, persons whose employment location requires them to be absent from the county all hours and all days absentee voting by machine is conducted and military personnel confined to a military base on Election Day.
A paper absentee ballot must be applied for by seven days before the election, said Hoskins.
Hoskins said those who are not eligible for a paper ballot but will be unable to vote on Election Day may cast an absentee vote at the Harlan County Clerk’s Office from April 27 through May 16 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. The clerk’s office will also be open for absentee voting on May 7 (Saturday) from 9 a.m. until noon.
You can also register to vote online at the Secretary of State’s website at https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/
Hoskins also said those chosen to serve as election officers will be notified via mail with information on where to report for training on April 28.
Anybody with questions concerning voter registration or eligibility for an absentee ballot should call the Harlan County Clerk’s Office at 606-573-3636.
“We encourage all eligible citizens to register and vote,” said Hoskins. “The ballot for the May 17 election and voting locations will be in the Harlan Daily Enterprise before Election Day.”
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde.