UPDATE: Voter turnout slightly higher than 2020 special elections

Not many absentee, early votes cast in special elections

UPDATE: (11/4/21, 3:30 P.M.) – Voter turnout during the 2021 special elections was slightly higher than in 2020. According to Secretary of State Michael Adams, 527 voted absentee during this week’s special elections or about 2%.

“Turnout was two percentage points higher than in the last comparable special elections, held in February 2020,” tweeted Adams.

This year included three days of early voting. According to Adams, 5,411 or 21% took advantage of early in-person voting and 19,704 voted on Election Day.

 

UPDATE POSTED 6:40 P.M. MONDAY, Nov. 1, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – If absentee ballots and early voting are any indication, turnout for Tuesday’s three special legislative elections will be low as election officials have predicted.

In the District 22 state Senate race, 340 absentee ballots were requested and 280 have been received with the deadline being 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to Secretary of State Michael Adams.

A total of 1,904 people cast early ballots Thursday through Saturday in the five counties involved in the district, Adams added.

Centralized voting locations in each county are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday.

Counties involved in the races have early-voting locations, drop-off locations for absentee ballots and locations for in-person voting Tuesday. Find the location in your county by clicking here (County Polling Location SBE Board 10-5-2021 (2)) or going to the state web site here.

UPDATE POSTED 9 A.M. THURSDAY, OCT. 28, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – In-person early voting is underway for three special elections to fill open legislative seats. And in-person voting on election day Nov. 2 is coming. Counties involved in the races have early-voting locations, drop-off locations for absentee ballots and locations for in-person voting Tuesday. Find the location in tour county by clicking here (County Polling Location SBE Board 10-5-2021 (2)) or going to the state web site here.

ORIGINAL STORY POSTED 7 A.M. OCT. 28, 2021

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Early voting begins Thursday for the November 2 special election to fill three seats in the Kentucky General Assembly.

The deadline to return absentee ballots by mail or secure drop box in your county is November 2, 2021.

Early voting will be available for three days since Kentucky reformed its’ election procedures and will take place October 28-30. County Court Clerks set the early voting locations in their county.

Election day voting November 2, 2021 will be from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Each county establishes their own voting locations for the special election.

The Nov. 2 special election will fill the unexpired terms for Senate District 22, House District 51 and House District 89. The Senate race is the largest race. In each race, the local Republican and Democratic parties nominated candidates. In two of the races, Independents or write-in candidates also are involved and campaigning.

The races, including campaign finance receipts and registered voter numbers as of Oct. 7, are:

Senate 22 – Garrard, Jessamine, Mercer, Washington, part of Fayette counties
Voter Registration = 40% Democrat; 51% Republican; 9% other
• Helen Bukulmez, D-Paint Lick; immigration lawyer; $21,085
• Donald Douglas, R-Nicholasville; anesthesiologist; $7,835
• Sindicat Dunn, write-in-Burgin; former Burgin city council member; $0

House 51 – Adair and Taylor counties
Voter Registration = 31% Democrat; 62% Republican; 7% Other
• Eddie Rogers, D-Campbellsville; former Taylor County judge executive; $9,950
• Michael “Sarge” Pollock, R-Campbellsville; insurance risk adviser; $2,100
• Timothy Gordon Shafer, I-Gradyville; $0

House 89 – Jackson and parts of Laurel and Madison counties
Voter Registration = 26% Democrat; 66% Republican; 8% Other
• Mae Suramek, D-Berea; small-business owner; $36,411
• Timmy Truett, R-McKee; principal of McKee Elementary School; $10,735

You can read more about the candidates HERE.

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