Darren Doyle, story:
Edmonson County Clerk Kevin Alexander discussed possible voting options for the upcoming 2020 General Election, where he said he hopes to see all county polling places open to the public.
"This morning, the board of elections decided to go ahead with my recommendation of having our regular polling places open," he said. "We feel confident we will have the workers to do this."
Last Friday, an announcement made by Secretary of State Michael Adams and Governor Andy Beshear outlined procedures for the election, which will be held Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.
Details for the plan include:
1. Absentee ballot by mail
VOTER ID NOW REQUIRED:
Alexander also is reminding all voters that Senate Bill 2 was signed into law on July 15th, which requires all Kentucky voters to present a proper photo I.D. Secretary Adams issued a statement that answered frequently asked questions.
"While non-photo ID (or personal acquaintance with the poll worker) previously was required to vote, the ID presented will now need to include a photo of the voter to be valid as defined in KRS 117.375(12), as amended," one portion stated.
"The most common form of a valid photo ID is your driver’s license. Other examples of acceptable ID (as long as they include your name and photo) are: Military ID, College ID, or Kentucky government ID. A voter’s identity still can be confirmed by personal acquaintance with an election official, but now the election official must sign an affirmation."
Kentuckians who were unable to get a driver’s licenses or photo ID due to the pandemic because their clerk’s office was closed, or because they were afraid of exposing themselves to COVID-19, can sign a document explaining this concern and cast their ballot.
Alexander also noted that long-time republican representative of the local election committee Bob Kleier has stepped down after many years of service.
"Sharon French was appointed the new republican representative by the state at the recommendation of the local republican party chair," he said. "We are grateful for Bob's service over the years and I thank him for his hard work and dedication."