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Absentee Ballot Deadline Approaching for Kentucky GOP Caucus

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Kentucky Republicans have until the end of the week to request an absentee ballot for the March 5 presidential caucus.

Ballot applications must be requested by this Friday and can be found on the state GOP website.

Since this is the first caucus in Kentucky in more than three decades, Warren County Caucus Chairman David Graham says turnout is a concern.

"I think we just had statewide right around 30 percent in our gubernatorial election," he said. "And sad to say, I think we'd be tickled to have 30 percent turn out at the caucus. But that's why we're getting out the word as best we can to make sure everyone's aware of it,.

Applications for absentee ballots can be requested through this Friday, and ballots must be returned to the Kentucky Republican Party by March 4.

Absentee voting is allowed for several reasons, including advanced age, a medical condition or being absent from the county on the day of the caucus.

The last time that Kentucky held a presidential caucus was in 1984 when both the Republican and Democratic parties participated. This year, Kentucky Democrats will pick their presidential nominee in the regular May primary.

The Republican Party of Kentucky last year chose to hold a caucus for the 2016 presidential nomination at the request of U.S. Sen. Rand Paul. At the time, Paul was campaigning for president and Senate and was seeking a way around a state law prohibiting candidates from twice appearing on a ballot.

Paul recently suspended his presidential campaign to focus on his Senate re-election bid.