Early voting for the special elections begins on Thursday
JESSAMINE COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) – Once every four years, Kentuckians get an election break. 2021 is one of those years. But for some Kentuckians, there is no break this time.
Three special elections will be held on November 2 to fill vacant seats in the Kentucky General Assembly.
The first election is the race for the seat of the 22nd district of the Senate. This district includes Jessamine, Garrard, Mercer and Washington counties – as well as parts of southern Fayette County. The election is taking place because longtime Senator Tom Buford passed away this year. He has served in the Kentucky Senate since 1991.
Jessamine County Clerk Johnny Collier says his team is ready to go. The machines are out and the plan is in place. However, Collier suspects the turnout may not be right for this election.
âWe announced it as much as we could, but a lot of people still didn’t know there would be an election,â Collier said.
The good news is voters have more options this time around. Earlier this year, Kentucky reformed its electoral procedures. Part of this change includes three days of early voting. So voters don’t have to wait until Tuesday. They can vote on Thursday, Friday or Saturday.
Collier doesn’t know how many people will vote earlier this time. But he says voters in Jessamine County used every available voting option last year – before early voting was permanent.
âWe had 9,000 people come through this courthouse. On election day we had about 9,000 people,â Collier said. “And we had about 9,000 people who were absent in the general election. So this time around, we expect a certain number of people to vote in the early poll.”
The other two are elections to fill two seats in the House – House 51 and House 89.
House 51 – Adair and Taylor – was previously owned by Republican John Bam Carney. He passed away this year after a long medical battle.
House 89 – Jackson, part of Laurel and part of Madison – was previously owned by Republican Robert Goforth. He resigned this summer amid domestic violence charges.