Absentee balloting has begun

Photo by Bobbie Poynter The Knox County Election Committee held a required inspection las week of the county's voting machines. From Left to right: Knox County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Oxendine, Knox Deputy County Clerk Susanne Smith and Knox Republican Party Chairman Mike Corey check out one of the county's voting machines.
Photo by Bobbie Poynter
The Knox County Election Committee held a required inspection las week of the county’s voting machines. From Left to right: Knox County Democratic Party Chairman Bill Oxendine, Knox Deputy County Clerk Susanne Smith and Knox Republican Party Chairman Mike Corey check out one of the county’s voting machines.

Not everyone can make it to the polls on Election Day. Therefore, Knox County registered voters have the option of voting at the precinct or, if eligible, cast an absentee ballot by mail or in the clerk’s office prior to election day. Ballots can be obtained by contacting the Knox County Clerk’s office at 546-3568.

Those who qualify for absentee ballots include:

Advanced in age, Disabled, or Ill;

Military personnel, their Dependents, or Overseas Citizens (For more information please review the Military and Overseas Page);

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.

Requests for absentee ballots can be made by contacting the Knox County Clerk’s office by phone, fax, electronic mail, mail, or in person. The deadline for applying for a mail-in absentee ballot is seven days before an election. The completed application must be received by the county clerk by mail or in person by the seven-day deadline.  The absentee ballot must be received in the County Clerk’s office by 6 p.m. local time on Election Day for the ballot to be counted.

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

You can also apply for a medical emergency absentee ballot if a medical emergency occurs within 14 days before an election. The spouse of the voter can also apply for a paper absentee ballot.