MADISONVILLE, Ky. (WEHT) – The rescheduled Kentucky primary isn’t happening for another month, but Hopkins County voters are already casting a ballot in a new four-wheel polling site. Mobile voting started today.
The bowling lanes at Melody Lanes in Madisonville remain closed, but the voting lanes for the county’s new mobile voting were open.
“They’ve been lined up down the sidewalk,” said Keenan Cloern, Hopkins County Clerk.
“I did not ever expect to be voting in the parking lot of a bowling alley,” added Kim Gilliam, who voted today. She said she didn’t want the rain, or pandemic to stop her.
“I just believe in our privilege and our obligation to vote, and I know that we are in particular times. I just appreciate for the opportunity to get our vote in in whatever way is the most suitable that we are in,” she said.
Cloern estimates a few hundred people casted ballots in the morning and early afternoon. The process is the same as a typical primary, but poll workers and voters wore masks, hand sanitizer was available and voters kept pens they used to vote. Cloern adds she couldn’t recall any other Kentucky county also having mobile voting.
“I went into the mobile voting pop-up unit based on I felt like the needs of my county as people were requesting different methods to vote, and I believe they should have that,” Cloern said.
Cloern also says they haven’t had anyone try to hand out absentee ballots or applications outside their site. Voters can also request an absentee ballot through her office or the state’s website.
Mobile voting will be available in other Hopkins County locations, including Dawson Springs and Earlington between now and June 12th.
(This story was originally published on May 20, 2020)