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2020 November Election Guide


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The Staff


Northern Kentucky Tribune

Judy Clabes

Judy Clabes is editor/publisher and founder of the NKyTribune, a nonprofit online-only public service newspaper serving Northern Kentucky. She is former editor of the late Kentucky Post, is an award-winning journalist and editor, has received numerous community recognitions, and loves living in Edgewood with her dog, Ginger, and three of her five grandchildren.

Jacob Clabes

Jacob Clabes grew up in Fort Mitchell, graduated from Beechwood High School and attended the University of Kentucky School of Journalism. He is vice president-of-all-trades at the NKyTribune which means in terms of this Election 2020 special section that he made it look good and made the technology work. He is the father of three children, who are grateful he’s a great cook. He lives in Edgewood.


NKU’s The Northerner

Natalie Hamren

Natalie Hamren is a junior journalism major and editor-in-chief of The Northerner. She has been with the independent student newspaper since August of 2017. She previously served as the assistant news editor and news editor. She’s written for local publications, such as Cincinnati Magazine where she was an editorial intern in the spring of 2019 and CityBeat where she freelances. In her free time, she enjoys jammin’ to Taylor Swift, writing poetry, and saying ‘hello’ to any dog she sees on the street.

Joshua Kelly

Joshua Kelly is managing editor of The Northerner. He has been with The Northerner since September 2017 and has written stories about the 2018 NKU Presidential Election, Zac Efron coming to campus, and a student vigil. He recently served as Arts & Life Editor. Josh enjoys listening to a good podcast, new albums and conspiring about Big Brother.

Billy Keeney

Billy Keeney has been with the Northerner since early 2019. He has written film reviews, proofread as a copyeditor, covered elections as a news editor, photographed events as a photo editor, and designed a brand new magazine for the Northerner as a design editor. During his free time, he travels across the country documenting the American landscape for his photography portfolio.



This special 2020 ELECTION edition is dedicated to two beloved colleagues who died in 2019: Co-founders Mike Farrell and Gene Clabes. They loved journalism and they loved public service journalism and providing citizens with the information they need to be engaged citizens and part of the public discussion. Primarily they would want us to tell you to exercise your greatest right — the right to vote. We miss these great friends and journalists every day.

Kentuckians have three options to vote this year:

ABSENTEE (Mail-In) Voting
It’s too late to apply for a ballot, but if you have one, you’ll find the options for dropping it off in your county’s dropboxes below.

EARLY Voting
For the first time, Kentucky is offering an Early Voting option, open to every registered voter. Early voting begins October 13, and below you will find options for voting early in your county.

November 3 is Election Day, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Counties have made some changes to voting places, but there are more polling places for the General Election than there were for the primary. See details for your county below.


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Boone County


• Absentee/Mail-In Ballots

Ballots must be postmarked by 6 p.m. November 3 Election Day or they may be placed in drop boxes in Boone County:

Boone County Administration Building –  Boone County Clerks Burlington, 2950 Washington Square, Burlington

Boone County Public Library – Florence Branch, 7425 US 42 Florence

Boone County Public Library – Hebron Branch, 1863 North Bend Road, Hebron
Boone County Public Library – Scheben Branch, 8899 US 42, Union


• Early Voting in-person

Early voting starts October 13 at the Boone County Extension Enrichment Center (first floor) at 1824 Partick Drive in Burlington. It will be open Monday, Thursday, and Friday from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on three consecutive Saturdays (Oct. 17, 24, 31) from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.


• Election day in-person Nov. 3

Boone County will have 10 Super Polls locations, meaning registered voters can vote at the place of their choice, regardless of where they live in the county. Polls are open 6 a.m.-6 p.m.

The polling locations are:

Larry A Ryle High School
 — 10379 US-42, Union

Randall K. Cooper High School –
 2855 Longbranch Road, Union

Conner High School
 — 3310 Cougar Path, Hebron

Boone County High School
 — 7056 Burlington Pike, Florence

Walton-Verona High School — 
16 School Road, Walton

Walton-Verona Elementary School — 
15066 Porter Road, Verona

R.A. Jones Middle School — 
8000 Spruce Drive, Florence

Ockerman Middle School
 — 8300 US – 42, Florence

Charles H. Kelly Elementary School — 
6775 McVille Road, Burlington

Boone County Extension Enrichment Center
 — 1824 Patrick Drive, Burlington



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Campbell County


• Absentee/Mail-in ballots

The ballot can be mailed with a prepaid postage envelope to return to the clerk’s office and you’ll be able to track the location of your ballot on the site. It must be postmarked by 6 p.m. November 3. If you want to drop off the ballot rather than mail it in, there will be a dropbox outside the Campbell County Administration Building at 1098 Monmouth Street, Newport and another outside the office at 8330 West Main Street, Alexandria.


• Early In-person Voting

From October 13 to November 2 in-person voting will be available for any voter during regular business hours of 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and Saturday, Oct. 17, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Campbell County Administration Building, 1098 Monmouth Street, Newport.


• Election Day In-Person Voting, Nov. 3

Most regular polling locations will be open, though a few precinct locations have been changed. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.



See all polling places here.



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Kenton County


• Absentee/Mail-in Ballots

If you requested a mail-in ballot you may return it by mail (postmark required by 6 p.m. November 3) or take to drop boxes at the Kenton County Government Center in Covington (outside or inside) or at the Independence Courthouse (back of building) or at the Independence Senior Center (inside, starting October 13). Follow instructions on the ballot carefully.


• Early Voting In-Person

In-person voting starts October 13 and will continue through November 2. Voting places in Kenton County will be the Kenton County Government Center in Covington (1840 Simon Kenton Way) and the Independence Senior Center at 2001 Jackwoods Parkway in Independence. These sites will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 4 pm. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays October 17, 24, and 31.


• Election Day In-Person, Nov. 3

In-person voting at the the polling places here. Polls are open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

There are 23 in-person polling places for the general election. normally there are 105 precincts in 50 locations, but those 50 locations have been reduced to 23 because of the demand on voting equipment required for early voting. There will be a clerk station and poll workers who will direct traffic according to CDC guidelines. The facilities will be cleaned throughout the day.

Kenton County’s supercenter — a place where anyone can vote in person regardless of precinct — is the Kenton County Government Center in Covington.