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Johnson County voters take advantage of the first day of early voting at the Johnson County Fiscal Courthouse lobby on the morning of Oct. 13.

During a regular meeting of the Johnson County Fiscal Court, Judge-Executive Mark McKenzie took time to first announce that early voting for Johnson County residents has begun on Oct. 13 ahead of the Nov. 3 Election Day.

“I spoke with County Clerk Sallee Holbrook earlier today and she wanted me to emphasize the early voting process will be in the courthouse lobby here in this building downstairs from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays,” he said.

Early voting will also last through election day, McKenzie noted.

“One thing we want to pass along is the anticipation for a significant high percentage turnout in the voters this year and so please keep in mind that early voting is a great way to make sure we get to emphasize our rights to vote, but also understand that it could get crowded at times because they are projecting very high turnouts,” he said. “If you can, it may be best for everybody not to show up this week and to spread it out over the next couple of weeks. We just want to make it safe for everybody.”

McKenzie also reminded voters of the two constitutional amendments that will be on the ballot this year — Marsy’s Law, a measure that would provide victims of crime with specific constitutional rights, as well as an amendment dealing with the term limits set for district court judges and commonwealth attorneys.

“The wording is rather lengthy for them,” he said. “The plan is while you’re waiting for your opportunity to vote, they’re going to distribute those two constitutional amendments so that if you already haven’t had the time to look those over you’ll be able to while you’re waiting for your opportunity to vote.”

Finally, McKenzie announced new super-center polling locations for voting on Election Day, including W.R. Castle Elementary, Flat Gap Elementary, Central Elementary and Paintsville Elementary in their school gymnasiums. Anyone may vote in these centers, regardless of their voting precinct, on election day, Nov. 3.

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