Early voting during a pandemic
Published 9:30 pm Monday, November 2, 2020
- Voting booths are set up for voters on Nov. 2, the final day of early voting, in the Boyle County courthouse. A large “vote here” sign hangs above the door frame. “It was lined up almost halfway down the hall at 8 o’ clock this morning,” said Heather Ramey, a deputy clerk in the Boyle County Clerk’s office. They opened the doors at 8:30, she said. People wore masks and were required to social distance as they waited in line. On Election Day, Nov. 3, Ramey said voters will need to go to polling locations to vote and will no longer be able to vote in the courthouse. - Photo by Olivia Mohr
Heather Ramey sanitizes a voting booth. “We sanitize after each and every person,” she said. Pens were given to voters after they use them so people didn’t need to share them, another safety measure set in place. – Photo by Olivia Mohr
Early voting took place in Kentucky from Oct. 13 to Nov. 2, with dates and hours possibly varying by location. Prior to Election Day, voters came to the Boyle County Courthouse to either drop their absentee ballots in ballot boxes or vote early in person. Voters could also cast their absentee ballots by mail. On Nov. 2, the Advocate-Messenger made a stop at the courthouse to catch a glimpse of early voting in person during a pandemic.
If you haven’t voted yet and want to vote on Nov. 3, Election Day, head to one of the following polling locations in Boyle County, according to the Kentucky State Board of Elections: Junction City First Baptist Church, Perryville Baptist Church, Boyle County Fire Dept. Station 1 and First Christian Church.
Voters wait in line to vote early on Nov. 2. “Everybody’s been so patient,” Ramey said. “They love it.” – Photo by Olivia Mohr