Five weeks removed from election day, County Clerk Debbie Donnelly is awaiting state approval for her proposed sites for in-person voting Nov. 3.

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Hardin County had a single primary polling place in the County Government Building. Donnelly had discussed three voting centers in the north, central and south part of the county but is awaiting word from the Secretary of State’s office.

Another portion of her proposal to begin early in-person voting Oct. 1 was denied. In-person voting by paper ballot or electronic voting machine will start Oct. 13 in the County Government Building at 105 N. Provident Way in Elizabethtown.

The early voting will be available from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 2 in the county clerk’s office. Three Saturday morning voting opportunities also will be available. Donnelly said the revised schedule is from 7 to 11 a.m. Oct. 17, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31.

The general election is Nov. 3. In addition to the presidential race and contests for U.S. Congress, all state House races are on the ballot and half the state Senate seats plus two state constitutional amendments. Council and commission races also are on the ballot for residents of Elizabethtown, Radcliff, Vine Grove, Sonora, Upton and West Point.

If you plan to vote and are not registered, the deadline to do so is 4 p.m. Monday. Contact the Hardin County Clerk’s office at 270-765-6762 for necessary paperwork or register online at GoVoteKY.com.

If you are uncertain about your registration or need to make changes go to the Kentucky Secretary of State’s Voter Information Center at https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/VIC/ to verify information.

As with the primary, voting by mail is another option. No reasons must be cited to request an absentee ballot. The form can be completed at GoVoteKY.com or by visiting the county clerk’s office.

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is Oct. 9.

Upon completing the form and signing both the inner and outer envelope, seal it and return by mail or it can be deposited in a secure lockbox at the clerk’s office before the polls close at 6 p.m. Nov. 3.

On Election Day, polling places will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time across the state as usual. However, neighborhood precinct locations will not be open. COVID-19 concerns have made it more difficult to secure poll workers and the state wants to ensure social distancing and provisions for frequent cleaning and sanitizing are in place.

Donnelly said she talked to state election officials Tuesday and expects to soon receive a decision about the Election Day polling places. All the locations will be a voting center, she said, which means each one will be equipped to verify eligibility of the voter and have the proper ballot in all races in their precinct.

Any Hardin County resident will be able to choose any voting center in the county on Nov. 3 and receive the appropriate ballot, she said, if they have not already voted by mail or through the early voting opportunities.

Ben Sheroan can be reached at 270-505-1764 or bsheroan@thenewsenterprise.com.

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