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What you need to know about the Special Election in Jefferson County

Morgan McGarvey's Senate seat for District 19 is up for grabs and two women are looking to take his spot in Frankfort.

KENTUCKY, USA — Tuesday, residents in Kentucky's Senate District 19 will be asked to cast their votes for new representation in Frankfort.

The special election between Democrat Cassie Chambers Armstrong and Republican Misty Glinn is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, Feb. 21.

What's the special election for?

When now-Congressman Morgan McGarvey was elected to represent Kentucky's 3rd Congressional District in the U.S. Congress, his state senate seat was left vacant.

Prior to the November election, McGarvey served Senate District 19, which encompasses much of Jefferson County.

Only District 19 voters will be eligible to vote in this upcoming election. According to the Jefferson County Clerk's Office, that's about 100,000 voters. 

“Whether we get one vote or 100,000, because there are 100,000 eligible voters in the district, no matter how many votes we get we’ll be here for the people," Erran Huber, director of communications for the County Clerk, said.

Click here to see if you live in Senate District 19

Who is running?

Two women are running for McGarvey's open senate seat.

Republican candidate Misty Glin is going up against Democrat, and current Metro Councilwoman, Cassie Chambers Armstrong (District 8).

The winner will join the state's General Assembly, which is currently in its 2023 legislative session. 

Get to know each candidate's platform:

Important dates to know

This year's special election will take place on Feb. 21 from 6 a.m. until 6 p.m. Remember, if you're in line at your polling location by 6 p.m., you can still vote!

If you have a mail-in absentee ballot to return, you can find drop boxes at all polling locations Tuesday, February 21st. 

The last day to register to vote in this election was Jan. 23. 

Click here to check your voter registration status.

Early in-person, no excuse, absentee voting was available on Feb. 16, 17 and 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at polling locations. 

While turnout is typically is lower for special elections, the Jefferson County Clerk is encouraging every eligible voter to go to the polls. 

“It’s those local races that can help determine your future and your life even more so than voting for the President of the Unites States," Huber said. “The right to vote is sacred, but we can only have it so long as we exercise it.”

Polling locations

Secretary of State Michael Adams previously denied Jefferson County’s original special election plan, saying there weren't enough polling locations for voters.

Unlike in last year's primary and general election, only four polling locations were made available. Since then, the state has worked with Jefferson County Public Schools to offer more places to vote.

“Anybody can go to any single one of those," Huber said. "We have ballot on-demand printing, so you don’t have to worry about your precinct or where exactly you may need to go. If you work across town you don’t have to worry about going all the way back to your house to vote.”

Here's where you can vote:

  1. The Arterburn (formerly the St. Matthews Community Center)
    310 Ten Pine, 40207

  2. The Jefferson County Central Government Center 
    7201 Outer Loop, 40228

  3. Cyril Allgeier Community Center 
    4101 Cadillac Court, 40213

  4. The Jefferson County Clerk's Election Center 
    1000 East Liberty Street, 40204

  5. Atherton High School
    3000 Dundee Road, 40205

  6. Audubon Elementary
    1051 Hess Lane, 40217

  7. Hawthorne Elementary
    2301 Clarendon Avenue, 40205

  8. Highland Middle School
    1700 Norris Place, 40205

  9. Seneca High School
    3501 Goldsmith Lane, 40220

  10. Smyrna Elementary
    6401 Outer Loop, 40228

  11. Southern High School
    8620 Preston Highway, 40219

  12. Watterson Elementary
    3900 Breckenridge Lane, 40218

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