COVID-19 case a ‘devastating setback,’ Fayette clerk says of election prep

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – A COVID-19 case among the staff is a “devastating setback,” putting a halt temporarily to some of the department’s election preparations, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins announced Monday.

In a statement, Blevins said the positive diagnosis has forced the staff in his elections department to quarantine for two weeks. He hopes to reopen that section on Sept. 28.

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“This is a devastating setback for us. We are in the process of establishing backup processes, but this will definitely have a significant impact,” Blevins said in the statement.

Citizens will be unable to contact the election division until they return. People with questions until then should call the state Board of Elections at 800-246-1399, Blevins said.

“The primary impact o the election schedule will be a delay in mailing out ballots to citizens who already have requested them via the GoVoteKy.com portal,” the statement said.

“We are hoping to keep the delay to a minimum, perhaps just a few days. Voters’ requests for ballots will be processed in the date order received. Some may see their ballots by late September, but many will not receive their ballots until the first week in October,” Blevins said.

“On a more positive note, all of the necessary election officers for the November 3rd election have been recruited,” he said, noting he still is negotiating locations for in-person voting and hopes to have those locations finalized later this week.

The Clerk’s website, www.fayettecountyclerk.com, contains the most up-to-date information regarding the election as well as all other services. Many services have been altered in order to compensate for safety restrictions related to the pandemic. Citizens are encouraged to check the website regularly for updates.