Voters with Medical Emergencies Can Cast Absentee Ballots

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – Registered voters who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 8, due to a medical emergency may now cast absentee ballots in the general election, Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday.

“Every eligible Kentuckian should have an equal opportunity to cast their ballot, including those who cannot physically go to the polls on Election Day. That’s why absentee ballots for voters with medical emergencies are an important part of the election process,” said Grimes, Kentucky’s chief election official.

To be eligible, the medical emergency affecting the voter must have occurred with 14 days or less of Election Day.

The voter’s spouse is also eligible to vote absentee under this provision, KRS 117.077. The application to vote absentee may be requested by the voter, their spouse, parents, or children, and it must be notarized.

If the voter has no spouse, parents or children, a designee may request the absentee application.

Persons with questions about absentee voting should contact their county clerk or call the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100. is Kentucky’s one-stop elections portal where voters can find their polling location, view sample ballots, and find other important elections information.

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