All in-person voting in Lyon County on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3, takes place on the Lyon County Schools campus, as previously announced by Lyon County Clerk Lori Duff. In-person “early voting” concludes Monday, Nov. 2, and absentee mail-in ballots will be counted, if postmarked by Nov. 3 and received in the clerk’s office by Nov. 6.
Each registered voter’s normal location to cast a ballot determines at which of the three schools that individual may vote on Election Day. Lyon County has six regular voting precincts. They include the Lamasco Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, the Lyon County Port Authority, the Lyon County Rescue Squad building, the Lyon County Library, the American Legion building in Kuttawa, and the Fire District No. 2 building in Suwanee.
A banner placed above the lobby door of each school indicates those precincts voting at that location. The three schools are Lyon County elementary, middle, and high schools. Anyone unsure of his or her specific precinct may phone the county clerk’s office in advance at 270-388-2331.
Besides the two familiar voting options of absentee beforehand and in-person on Election Day, concerns related to the combination of the coronavirus pandemic and the gathering of large groups has resulted in this year’s third option of in-person early voting.
Early voting ends Monday, Nov. 2. Remaining Monday-through-Friday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Additionally, Saturday, Oct. 31, provides the chance for early voting from 8 a.m. to noon.
Any eligible voter wishing to use the early voting option must go to the courthouse and show a valid form of identification, such as a driver’s license. In-person in advance voting polls are located across the hall from the county clerk’s motor vehicle licensing office.
An absentee mail-in ballot will be counted, if the ballot envelope is postmarked by Nov. 3 and if it’s received in the clerk’s office by Nov. 6.
No general election voting will take place at Lee S. Jones Park, the site of this year’s primary election.
Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams issued an emergency order earlier this year, causing county clerks to combine aspects of this year’s election. Graves County clerk Lori Duff says her office has limited voting equipment. Therefore, instead of six scanners to use throughout the county, her office must use only three scanners. Duff explained that in order to scan those paper ballot votes, her office will have two precincts stationed in each of the three schools.
Each precinct’s own election officers will be physically present, as is the custom. One electronic scanner counts votes for the two specific precincts housed in that specific school. The Lamasco and Port Authority precincts will vote at the high school. At the elementary school, it will be the Rescue Squad and Lyon County Library precincts. American Legion and Fire District No. 2 precincts are set to vote in the middle school.
Since potential problems for this year’s election are unique, the solutions also are. Duff collaborated with the local board of elections on this year’s plan. The result is to have everyone who is voting in-person on Election Day to vote at the Lyon County Schools campus. The governor and secretary of state approved that plan. In fact, it was among the very first plans approved, in early September, well before the deadline of Sept. 30.
This year’s ballot reminds voters that voting on additional issues takes place on the back of the ballot. Election officers are not required to remind voters to check the back of the ballot. That is instead the responsibility of the individual voter. Neither are voters required to vote on each race or proposal. Nevertheless, two constitutional amendments appear on the back of the ballot this year. Both are relatively lengthy and reading them beforehand is prudent.