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April 14, 2014

Absentee voting in primary begins

RICHMOND — Voting for the May 20 primary election began Monday with mail-in and in-house absentee voting, according to an announcement from Madison County Clerk Kenny Barger.

Voters who need a mail-in absentee ballot have until 4:30 p.m. May 13 to apply.

After receiving an approved application, the clerk’s office will mail a ballot to the voter.

Voters who will be out of town on election day have until 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 19, to cast an in-person absentee ballot at the county courthouse, 101 W. Main St., in Richmond. All mail-in ballots must be received in the office via mail by May 20, according to the announcement.

Voters must meet one of these criteria to vote absentee, either mail-in or in-house:

• Advanced age, disability, or illness

• Military personnel, their dependents and overseas citizens

• Students who temporarily reside outside the county

• Those who temporarily reside outside of Kentucky

• Those incarcerated but not yet convicted

• Military personnel confined to base who learn of it within seven days or less of an election.‚Ä®Voters who meet the criteria below are eligible to vote absentee in-house only:

• Those whose employment takes them out of the county from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. on election day

• Voters and spouses requiring hospitalization on election day

• Pregnant women in their third trimester

• Precinct election officials, county board of election members and county and deputy clerks.

Locally the primary election includes races for U.S. House of Representatives, state representative, Madison County offices and Richmond City Commission.    

Unregistered voters also should be aware that the deadline to register for voting in the primary is 4:30 p.m. April 21, Barger’s announcement stated.

For more details about absentee voting or to use the Voter Information Center, a service that can confirm voter registration and provide election information to registered voters, visit the website: or

The Madison County Clerk’s office can be called at 624-4703.   

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