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Absentee Voting Machine Now Open in Clerks Office

Click title to read answers to frequently asked questions about absentee ballots and voting.

From Adair County Clerk Lisa Greer

The absentee voting machine for individuals who qualify is now open in the Adair County Clerks Office during normal business hours, Monday-Friday 8amCT to 4pmCT and Saturday 8amCT to 12pmCT (noon).

Kentucky registered voters may vote at the precinct on election day or, if eligible, may cast an absentee ballot by mail or in the Adair County Clerks Office prior to election day, Kentucky law does not provide for early voting or unexcused absentee voting.

Absentee ballots can only be obtained by contacting the Adair County Clerks Office, 424 Public Square, Ste 3, Columbia KY 42728. Phone: 270-384-2801.

Who is qualified to vote on the absentee voting machine in office?
  • Voter who will be outside the county on Election Day.

  • Student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he is registered who will be out of the county on Election Day,

  • Voter who is a member of the Armed Forces or a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces and will be out of the county on Election Day.

  • Voter who is a member of the Armed Forces who will be confined to base within the county on Election Day and who learns of that confinement within 7 days or less of the election.

  • Voter who is a citizen residing overseas and will be out of the county on Election Day,

  • Voter or spouse of voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day,

  • Precinct Election Officer serving in a precinct other than that in which he is registered or an Alternate Precinct Election Officer.

  • Member or any staff of the County Board of Elections; Any Deputy County Clerk; Any staff for the State Board of Elections,

  • A woman in her last trimester of pregnancy.

Who is qualified to vote using an absentee ballot?
  • Advanced in age, disabled, or ill

  • Military personnel, their dependents, or overseas citizens

  • A student who temporarily resides outside the county;

  • A voter who temporarily resides outside of Kentucky and who maintains eligibility to vote in Kentucky, such as a snowbird

  • Incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime; or

  • Employed outside of the county all hours the polling place is open

How do I request an absentee ballot?
You or your spouse, parents, or children may contact the County Clerk to request an absentee ballot application by phone, fax, mail, or in person. The County Clerk will then mail you the absentee ballot application or you, the voter only, can get an application in person at the County Clerks Office. You can mail it back or the voter may hand-deliver it in person. A third party cannot hand deliver your completed application to the county clerk.

When can I apply for an absentee ballot?
You can request an absentee ballot any time before an election if you know you are eligible to vote absentee. The County Clerk will issue you a mail-in absentee ballot within 3 days of the State Ballot printing deadline, which is 50 days before the election.

What is the last day I can apply for an absentee ballot?
The deadline for apply for a mail-in ballot is 7 days before an election. The completed application must be received by the County Clerk by mail or in person by the 7-day deadline. The absentee ballot must be received in the County Clerks Office by :00 p.m. CST time on Election Day for the ballot to be counted.

What if I did not receive my mail-in absentee ballot?
If you applied for an absentee ballot and, after a reasonable time, have not received your mail-in ballot, you contact the County Clerk and ask for a second ballot. The County Board of Elections will only count the first properly returned voted ballot.

What if I find out that I will be in the County on Election Day and want to vote at my precinct?
Any person who has received a mail-in absentee ballot and discovers at least 7 days before the date of the election that he or she will be in the County on Election Day, and who has not voted the ballot, must cancel his or her ballot by returning it unvoted to the County Clerks Office. There are no provisions in State law for returning an unvoted ballot less than 7 days before an election or on Election Day.

What if I need help filling out my ballot?
A voter may have assistance because of blindness, physical disability, or the inability to read English. Any person of the voters choice may assist the voter, except the voters employer or agent of the employer or an officer or agent of the voters union. The person assisting the voter must complete the portion of the voter assistance form on the absentee ballot inner envelope provided by the County Clerk. The person assisting the voter must make an oath declaring that the assister marked the ballot under the directions of the voter requiring assistance.

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