Counties across Kentucky are making plans for early in-person voting that begins Oct. 13.
Election officials are required to follow federal guidelines for social distancing and other safety precautions to keep voters safe during the pandemic.
Preparations for early voting are moving forward in Pulaski County, where Election Coordinator Mark Vaught said one location has already been determined.
That’s the Hal Rogers Regional Fire Training Center, which has a 5,000-square-foot community room that will be used for voting booths. The center is handicap accessible and has space for parking.
Vaught said the Fire Training Center was used for voting in the June primary and it worked well.
He said there will be one more location for early walk-in voting.
"The Somerset Mall is what we’re hoping for," said Vaught. "That’s a centrally-located area, and we’ve got probably 6,000-10,000 voters within a mile of it. So that’s why we’re trying to find someplace like that.”
Even before early walk-in voting begins, any Kentucky voter who has concerns related to COVID-19 can request an absentee ballot and mail it in. Those ballots can be requested now at govoteky.com
The deadline to register to vote is Oct. 5.
The general election is Nov. 3.