Mayor reminds Louisvillians to request an absentee ballot by June 15 for upcoming primary election

May 21, 2020

Mayor Greg Fischer is reminding all registered voters in Louisville to vote using mail-in absentee ballots to reduce in-person contact amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams announced an Executive Order on April 24 that lifted most restrictions on Kentucky’s absentee ballot voting to allow all eligible voters to vote by mail in the June 23 primary.

“This bi-partisan plan was adopted to protect the health and safety of all Kentuckians — both voters and poll workers — by avoiding in-person voting during the pandemic as much as possible,” said Mayor Fischer. “I normally encourage everyone to get out and vote. This year I am encouraging everyone to stay in – but still vote.”

In order to vote absentee, you must first be registered – and there is still time to do that. Kentuckians have until 4 p.m. on May 26 to register for the June 23 primary. To find out if you are already registered, or to register online, visit the State Board of Elections Voter Information Portal at GoVoteKy.com.

To vote by mail, the State Board of Elections requires voters to submit an official request for an absentee ballot. Because of COVID-19, all requests to vote by mail must be made online: jeffersoncountyclerk.org/ or by phone: (502) 574-6100.

Once the Jefferson County Clerk’s office receives the absentee request, the voter’s information and address are validated before a ballot is mailed. The deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot is June 15 at 11:59 p.m. Completed absentee ballots should be returned to the Jefferson County Clerk’s office by mail using the prepaid envelope included, or by dropping it off at designated drop-off locations. For more information, visit elections.jeffersoncountyclerk.org.

Metro residents who prefer to vote in-person can do so at the Kentucky Exposition Center, 937 Phillips Lane, on June 23. In an effort to minimize the spread of COVID-19, this will be the only in-person polling site open in Jefferson County.

“One of the lessons of COVID-19 has been the importance of strong state and local governments, in providing the services that residents need – especially in times of crises,” Mayor Fischer said. “And voting is a way for you to be an active participant in this process. So please, take a minute to send in your request for an absentee ballot and participate in our democracy.”