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As Kentuckians head to the polls during this highly unusual primary voting season, we all face a variety of issues beginning with how and where to vote. Since we are past the deadline to request an absentee ballot, that leaves the latter question to be answered.

If you aren’t sure where to vote, you are not alone. Since every county’s procedures and locations have been affected by COVID-19, the simplest answer is to call your local county clerk’s office and ask them where and when you can vote. It is vital that you vote in what many feel, including myself, is the most important election in our lifetime.

I have lived in Shelby County for the last 18 years and recently moved to Shelbyville from Simpsonville. I called our county clerk and found out that the local fairground was the only location open for early voting with somewhat limited hours (1-6 pm). They said that I could make an appointment or just go to the early voting location without an appointment since they would not turn anyone away. Two other locations will be made available to vote in my county on the actual election day of June 23rd.

After a late lunch, my wife Caroline and I decided to go and vote at the fairgrounds on Tuesday—one week before the actual election date. We arrived there at around 2 pm. Once on site, we were asked for our driver’s license for identification purposes which was quickly and efficiently scanned into their onsite computer system. We were then provided a ballot and a pen. We had the option of keeping the pen or returning it for disinfection. Although there were 10 separate, properly distanced voting areas, we were the only people there voting at the time.

Once we completed our ballots, we then went over to a machine where our votes were scanned and confirmed. From beginning to end, it took us no longer than 5 minutes. The whole process was not only quick and efficient but, more importantly, safe.

Despite the challenges of this season, I feel it is vitally important that we exercise our right to vote as citizens of this great country we are blessed to live in (by the grace of God). We must make our voices heard at the ballot box as, together, we take a stand for conservative Christian principles. The Commonwealth Policy Center has always fought for these principles and put together a candidate voter guide that can be accessed by clicking here. This guide should help you see even more clearly those candidates who stand for Conservative Christian values.

I have a picture of Abraham Lincoln in prayer that hangs behind my office desk. It was given to me by my mother many years ago. It serves as a constant reminder that ultimately God is our source for all things. Upon this picture rests this inscription: “It is the duty of nations as well as of men to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God…and to recognize the sublime truth announced in the Holy Scriptures and proved by all history, that those nations only are blest whose God is the Lord.” Well said, President Lincoln.