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For many in the Ohio Valley, voting is a choice, a right they are free to exercise if they want to. But for Jackie McGranahan and the more than 175,000 other formerly disenfranchised Kentuckians, this primary election is special. It’s her first chance to vote since 2008. 

She won't be going to a voting booth. Elections are a bit different this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and most voting in Kentucky is happening by mail. But even though she couldn’t go to the polls with her friends or be handed her ‘I Voted’ sticker, that didn’t stop McGranahan from savoring the moment of voting.

“I filled out the absentee ballot. I signed my name and I waited for my postman to come so I could hand it to him directly from my porch to know that my vote will be counted, that I have a voice,” McGranahan said.

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Daviess County has hired temporary workers to handle an increasing number of mail-in ballots arriving ahead of Kentucky's June 23 primary election.

Residents are being encouraged to vote by mail in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

So far, Daviess County has mailed out more than 7,300 absentee ballots and has 4,300 more in the queue that will soon be mailed out.

When voters request an absentee ballot through the online state portal at GoVoteKY.com, each one has to have three labels printed - one for the mailing envelope, and then an inner and outer label for the voter to return the ballot to the county clerk.

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To prevent the spread of COVID-19, Gov. Andy Beshear issued an executive order recommending that Kentucky voters use an absentee ballot for the June 23 primary election.

In Pulaski County, several thousand residents have already requested those absentee ballots so they can mail in their vote.

The phones have kept ringing as Pulaski County Election Coordinator Mark Vaught said requests for absentee ballots are coming in strong

“We’ve got 6,437 as of right now,” Vaught said around midday on June 8.