Sunday, May 15, 2011


EKB Capsule News...Kentucky...5-16-'11

  • Just days before the May 17, 2011 primary election, Secretary of State Elaine Walker released an election “Dos and Don’ts” list for Kentucky voters.  The list is designed to help voters understand.  Kentucky’s election process and to inform them of helpful hints before they go to the polls on election day.


        “We want to make sure that people are informed about the upcoming election
and their rights as voters,” stated Secretary Walker ;“We hope more
people participate in the upcoming election than we expect; and are trying
to raise awareness about the ;primary election in every way possible.
This election is critically important and I encourage everyone to get
out and vote.”

               Below is a list of important “Dos and Don’ts.”  ;For more information,

          Kentucky Election Day Dos and Don’ts

        Do; Verify your voter registration status before you head to the
polls. ;Visit the Voter Information Center at


        Don’t; Get discouraged by long lines or long ballots. You can be
prepared by previewing your ballot online at Vote.Ky.Gov. ;Remember, as
long as you are in line by 6 PM, local time, on May 17th you will be able to
cast your ballot.


        Do; Know where to go to vote. The Vote.Ky.Gov website has the Voter
Information Center that allows voters to both find the address of their
polling place and to obtain driving directions from their residence.


        Don’t; Campaign or solicit votes within 300 feet of a polling place.
Electioneering in the immediate area around polling places is illegal in
Kentucky.;However, you will not be turned away from the polls for
simply wearing a campaign button, shirt, hat, etc.


        Do; Know the most convenient times to vote are during low traffic
periods: not during the morning rush hour, lunch, or the evening rush hour.
;Remember, polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ;However, if
you are in line by the close of polls at 6:00 p.m. local time, you will be
allowed to vote.


        Don’t; Wait until the last minute to head to the polls. You may
encounter traffic or another unexpected delay. ;If you are not in line
by 6:00 p.m. local time, you will not be allowed to vote.


        Do; Bring identification to the polls on Election Day. Types of
acceptable voter ID include: personal acquaintance of precinct officer,
driver’s license, social security card, credit card, or another form of ID
containing both picture and signature.

        Don’t; Use prohibited items at the polls such as video cameras, cell
phones, or any other device that can record the identity of voters. If
you bring a cell phone to the polls, you are encouraged to place it on
silent or vibrate.


        Do Ask a poll worker for instructions on how to use the voting
machine or ask other procedural questions of the precinct election officials
if you are confused about the voting process.


        Don’t; Get caught up in election rumors. To get the facts,


        Do; Let officials know immediately if you encounter any problems at
the polls;Start with your precinct election officers and county
clerk, or call the State Board of Elections at (502) 573-7100.


        Don’t: ;Forget to remind your friends and family to vote. ;All
elections are important as it is one way that you can make your voice heard.


        Do: ;Thank your poll workers. Without the nearly 15,000 Kentuckians
that have volunteered to be poll workers across our state, this election
would not be possible. They work long days on the front lines of our
elections and deserve our appreciation.;Contact your county clerk if
you are interested in helping in the future.


        Don’t Forget that you can obtain all of the election results in near
real time by visiting after the polls have closed

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