Will eastern Ky. snow affect Election Day?


by WHAS11


Posted on October 30, 2012 at 7:17 PM

Updated Tuesday, Oct 30 at 7:23 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Will the heavy snow in eastern Kentucky affect Election Day, just one week away--and what about absentee voting before then? 

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says, even after the snowstorm, every county clerk's office in Kentucky was open on Tuesday and ready to accept voters.

 That's despite power outages in several eastern Kentucky counties.  We reached out to WXKQ Radio in Whitesburg, that's Lechter County on the West Virginia border, for their listeners' photos of the snow.

One concern is whether military or other overseas ballots cast by Kentuckians will make it to county clerks on time. 

With many airports closed on the East Coast, Grimes says many of those ballots are being rerouted through Chicago and should make it to Kentucky by Election Day.

Grimes says her office sees no reason to fear that polling places will not be open on Election Day.
“All of our county clerks offices are operational and open for absentee voting so we have not seen any impact yet because of the hurricane, but obviously the full extent of Hurricane Sandy is yet to be known here in Kentucky and we're going to continue to closely monitor that,” Alison Lundergan Grimes (D), Secretary of State, said.

Based on absentee voting so far, Grimes is predicting a record number of Kentucky voters this year, yet the snow could dent that number.

As of 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 30 the deadline has expired to apply for a mail-in absentee ballot. But in-person absentee voting continues until Monday, the day before Election Day.