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Barren County Clerk Says Absentee Ballots Moving Safely and Quickly through Post Office

Rhonda J. Miller

The deadline is Oct. 9 for Kentucky voters to request an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.

Barren County is seeing a smooth process with absentee ballots and the state has approved the county's plan for early in-person voting and election day voting.

Barren County Clerk Helena Chase Birdwell said as of Oct. 8, the county had issued 3,943 absentee ballots, which can be mailed back or deposited in a secure drop box.

“We do have an official ballot drop box, which is located at the Barren County Government Center, which is where we are, where the county clerk’s office is," said Birdwell. "Our box is located in the lobby of the building. That way it’s convenient for voters. They can just come right in the front door and drop their ballot in the official ballot drop box, which is labeled.”That drop box is accessible during business hours.

Absentee ballots must be returned or postmarked by 6 p.m. on Nov. 3.

"The postal service has done a really good job of getting the ballots to the voters, from what I’m hearing and seeing. Some are getting their ballots the next day," said Birdwell. "I actually hand-carried those ballots myself to our post office here in Glasgow and they’re getting those ballots out as quickly as possible.And then the ones that are coming back in the mail, they’re coming back very quickly.”

Early in-person voting begins Oct. 13 across Kentucky and in Barren County that can be done only at the county clerk’s office.

On election day, Barren County voters can cast a ballot in person at any of three locations – the Barren County High School gym, Cave City Convention Center or the Austin Tracy Volunteer Fire Department.

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