Executive order allows all Kentuckians to vote by mail in June primary

Voting in Kentucky’s primary, which is now in June, should be done by mail, Gov. Andy Beshear said.Beshear issued the executive order on Friday, allowing all Kentuckians to utilize absentee voting in the primary election.“Today’s Executive Order … will allow all Kentuckians who are registered to vote for the upcoming primary to vote by mail through an absentee ballot,” Beshear said in a news release. “While there will be significant education and work required, we are committed to making sure this election will be held in a safe manner while we are in this worldwide health pandemic.” The board will create a portal where voters can request their absentee ballot. Then, voters will get a postcard informing them they are able to vote this way, including information about the process.But some people can’t vote by mail.Beshear said the State Board of Elections will also be working on a plan to safely conduct limited in-person voting and a possible drive-through voting option, so that those voters who cannot vote by mail can still exercise their right to vote.The order also addresses protecting those who will work at in-person polls, including providing them with personal protective equipment.This isn’t the first primary change since the COVID-19 outbreak. The primary was originally scheduled for May 19, but was moved to June 23.

Voting in Kentucky’s primary, which is now in June, should be done by mail, Gov. Andy Beshear said.

Beshear issued the executive order on Friday, allowing all Kentuckians to utilize absentee voting in the primary election.

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“Today’s Executive Order … will allow all Kentuckians who are registered to vote for the upcoming primary to vote by mail through an absentee ballot,” Beshear said in a news release. “While there will be significant education and work required, we are committed to making sure this election will be held in a safe manner while we are in this worldwide health pandemic.”

The board will create a portal where voters can request their absentee ballot. Then, voters will get a postcard informing them they are able to vote this way, including information about the process.

But some people can’t vote by mail.

Beshear said the State Board of Elections will also be working on a plan to safely conduct limited in-person voting and a possible drive-through voting option, so that those voters who cannot vote by mail can still exercise their right to vote.

The order also addresses protecting those who will work at in-person polls, including providing them with personal protective equipment.

This isn’t the first primary change since the COVID-19 outbreak. The primary was originally scheduled for May 19, but was moved to June 23.