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LOUISVILLE, Ky. — After months of planning and coronavirus-related challenges, Kentucky's primary Election Day is Tuesday.

Bipartisan agreements by Kentucky's Republican Secretary of State Michael Adams and Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear led the election to be pushed back from May and gave all registered voters the option to request and vote by absentee ballot.

As a result, voter participation in these primary elections is set to beat that of the 2016 and 2012 primaries, when it was 20.6% and 13.9%, respectively.

For those who choose to vote in person, many Kentucky counties — including Jefferson — will offer only one polling location in response to the COVID-19 circumstances surrounding the primaries.

Here's what you need to know about in-person voting for Kentucky's primary Election Day.

Related: TARC will provide a fare-free shuttle from Union Station at 1000 W. Broadway to the Exposition Center. The shuttle will run every 30 minutes, beginning at 6 a.m. Routes 10, 23 and 99 all have direct stops at Union Station.

What do I need to vote in person?

Voters must have certain forms of identification — including a driver's license, Social Security card or credit card — or have their identity confirmed by an election official by "personal acquaintance," according to a Kentucky state statute.

In the future, this will change. Recent legislation passed by the Republican-controlled General Assembly will require all registered voters to present government-issued photo identification to cast a ballot in upcoming elections after Tuesday's primary.

What health measures will be in place at the Kentucky Exposition Center?

To limit the potential spread of COVID-19, Jefferson County election officials are requiring all voters wear a mask when they come to vote in person.

Additionally, there will be 350 voting booths — with adequate spacing to promote social distancing. Voting areas will be disinfected after each use.

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Do I still have time to send in my absentee ballot?

Voters' ballots must be postmarked no later than Tuesday, Election Day. Voters will not have to pay for postage. All ballots must be received by June 27 to count.

Additionally, there are drop-off boxes located at the Jefferson County Election Center and the Kentucky Exposition Center where voters can place their absentee ballots. Drop boxes will close when the polls do at 6 p.m. Tuesday.

How do I fill out an absentee ballot?

Voters should use a black pen to fill out their ballots. For each race, the voter should entirely fill out the circle next to their preferred candidate.

After filling out the ballot, the voter should place the ballot in the manila envelope, sign the envelope where instructed and then seal it. 

Then, the voter should place the manila envelope in the white envelope, sign the white envelope where instructed and then seal it.

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