Election season was temporarily postponed because of COVID-19, but the basics of the upcoming primary, and its importance, remain the same.
Caldwell County Clerk Toni Watson discussed voters specifics with the Times Leader for the June 23 primary.
“We still have to conduct an election. … As soon as the state government opens a (web) portal for ballots, people can go there and apply,” Watson said.
“For safety, concerns, or old age — it will be available to them. People will be accommodated as they try to do their part.”
Voters can mail their ballots until June 16. Ballots can be requested through an upcoming portal at govoteky.com, although no date for the portal going live online has been announced.
Voters can also call the clerk’s office at 270-365-6754 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Voting is also available at the courthouse from 10 a.m. June 5 through 4 p.m. June 22. The courthouse is also open for the two Saturdays before Election Day — June 13 and June 20, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Voting can commence in-person at the courthouse on Election Day, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
“We may have two locations there: downstairs and upstairs,” Watson said. “It depends on how many people vote by mail leading to the day.”
Princeton native Alonzo Pennington is challenging incumbent Lynn Bechler for House of Representatives District 4 seat to represent Caldwell, Crittenden and Livingston counties and part of Christian County.
In April, the state’s primary election was postponed from May 19 because of safety concerns surrounding COVID-19. Gov. Andy Beshear announced that all Kentucky residents could vote by mail-in ballots if they choose.