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Tuesday is the last day Kentucky voters can apply to vote absentee by mail in the November 8 election. 

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Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes announced Wednesday that registered voters who are unable to go to the polls on Election Day, Nov. 8, due to a medical emergency may now cast absentee ballots in the general election.

"Every eligible Kentuckian should have an equal opportunity to cast their ballot, including those who cannot physically go to the polls on Election Day," said Grimes. "That's why absentee ballots for voters with medical emergencies are an important part of the election process."

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Absentee voting is under way in Kentucky for the November 8th general election.

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says nearly 20,000 Kentuckians have registered to vote for the first time since the online portal govoteky.com launched earlier this year. The voter registration deadline is October 11.

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The November general election is less than a month away and Monday is the last day to register to vote in the Commonwealth.  Deadlines for voter registration are also today in Tennessee and tomorrow in Illinois. In Kentucky, Fayette County Clerk Don Blevins  says applications sent via mail must be postmarked Monday. 

More than 51,000 Kentucky voters have cast absentee ballots ahead of the Nov. 6 election. Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes says that's on par with the count two weeks ahead of the 2008 election. In Kentucky, voters who are out of town or otherwise unable to get to the polls on Election Day can vote early by absentee ballots. Besides the presidential race, Kentucky has a competitive congressional race in central Kentucky. Voters are also choosing a Supreme Court justice from eastern Kentucky and state legislators across the state.

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Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes is in the Middle East this week, part of a group of U.S. officials reviewing military voting procedures.  Grimes says members of the military who are risking their lives abroad must be ensured the right to vote in elections back home.