Kentucky voters who requested an absentee ballot for the November election can return them by mail or in secure drop boxes.
Henderson County has one drop box inside the county courthouse and is installing a second one outside.
County Clerk Renesa Abner said the drop box outside the courthouse will be under constant surveillance and it gives voters a chance to deliver their ballot 24/7.
"Part of that installation will be that it’s bolted down in the concrete, so it would be extremely difficult to, you know, take that away," said Abner. "Also our courthouse houses our sheriff’s department. Their office is on the same floor entrance as that drop box, so I feel very safe having it outside.”
Henderson County's registered voters can also choose early in-person voting that began Oct. 13 and runs through Nov. 2. Early voting is at the county courthouse or the Chase Fulcher Archery Training Center on Garden Mile Road.
The archery center is a school district site and Abner said it's not being used for school programs now.
“You can imagine archery, you know, it’s a very large facility for us to house the voting operation and socially distance people," said Abner. "It’s in a good location. It’s in a better location for maybe people who don’t live in the city. It’s in the city limits, but it’s going toward the county line.”
Abner said the county has had about 5,600 requests for absentee ballots and, so far, a total of about 2,000 have been returned by mail and in the drop box inside the courthouse.
The deadline to request an absentee ballot has already passed.