Hardin County had more than 250 absentee ballots for the June 23 primary election rejected for various reasons.

According to statistics from the State Board of Elections, a total of 273 ballots were rejected. The biggest reason for rejection: no voter signature.

Two hundred and twelve ballots were tossed because they did not include a voter signature. An additional 18 missed the deadline and 19 had an inner envelope missing.

Other reasons ballots were rejected included non-matching signatures, a missing inner envelope flap, and the ballot missing from the envelope.

Hardin County Clerk Debbie Donnelly said roughly 17,000 absentee ballots were received for the primary, a higher number than usual. More people used absentee ballots this primary because all registered voters could vote by mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the 2016 presidential primary, Donnelly said they had about 1,000 absentee ballots and only a small number were rejected. She said she considered the 273 in this primary also a small number.

“We never really have any issue,” she said.

Donnelly said when a ballot is rejected, the resident is not notified. However, a resident can contact the office and ask about their ballot.

The general election is set for Nov. 3. The Courier Journal reported this week that Secretary of State Michael Adams submitted his preliminary plan for voting during the general election to Gov. Andy Beshear and it doesn’t include universal mail-in voting.

For Hardin County, Donnelly said the primary ran very smoothly. She hopes the general will run just as easily, whatever the election plan may be.

The last day to register to vote for the November general election, which includes local races and the presidential election, is Oct. 5.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-50-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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