Registration Deadline: Deadline to register to vote for the General Election is October 11th.
Party Affiliation: Kentucky has closed party primary elections, which means you must register as a Democrat or Republican to vote in that party’s primary election. If you select “Other” as your party registration, you are eligible to vote in nonpartisan city and judicial primary elections ONLY. All eligible registered voters may vote for any candidate regardless of party registration in general or special elections. Only persons timely registered to vote shall have the right to vote.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be at least 18 years old by the date of the general election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Kentucky
Mental Competency: Not judged mentally incompetent in a court of law
Felony Convictions: Not be a convicted felon or, if convicted of a felony offense, you must have had your civil rights restored by executive pardon
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
In person: You can register at one of the following locations:
By fax: Contact your local county clerk for faxing options.
VERIFYING YOUR VOTER REGISTRATION STATUS
Online: Verify your registration online
Phone: Contact your county clerk
ABSENTEE BALLOT QUALIFICATIONS
Who can vote absentee:
To be qualified to vote by mail-in absentee ballot, you must be:
- Advanced in age, disabled, or ill;
- Military personnel, their dependents, or overseas citizens. Click here for more information.
- A student who temporarily resides outside the county;
- A voter who temporarily resides outside of Kentucky and who maintains eligibility to vote in Kentucky, such as a vacationer;
- Incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a felony; or
- Employed outside of the county all hours the polling place is open.
OBTAINING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Online: Absentee ballots may be requested by contacting your county clerk.
Military and overseas voting: Information for military and overseas voters..
Medical Emergency Ballots: You can apply for a medical emergency absentee ballot if a medical emergency occurs within 14 days before an election. The spouse of the voter can also apply for a paper absentee ballot. The voter, voter's spouse, parent or child or, if none exist, then a brother, sister, niece, nephew or designee of the voter may make the request for a medical emergency application for an absentee ballot. The absentee ballot can be hand-delivered to the voter and this may be done on election day.
SUBMITTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT
Location and time: The absentee ballot must be received in the county clerk's office by 6pm local time on Election Day for the ballot to be counted. In person voting machines are available 12 (or more) days before the election at the county clerk's office if you are:
- out of county on election day
- military, their dependents, or an overseas citizen. For more information visit the Military and Overseas Voters.
- military personnel confined to base and learn of your confinement within 7 days or less of an election.
- a student or resident who temporarily resides outside the county
- a voter or the spouse of a voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day
- a pregnant woman in your third trimester
- a precinct election officer appointed to serve in a precinct other than your own
- an alternate precinct officer
- a county board of election's member
- County Board of Elections staff
- a Deputy county clerk
- State Board of Elections staff.
Other absentee ballot submission information: You can either return the completed application by mail or you can hand-deliver it to the County Clerk’s office. Your spouse, parents, or children, or a third party cannot hand deliver your completed application to the county clerk.
Early voting qualifications: Besides absentee in-person voting for specific groups, early voting is not available in Kentucky
Verifying Registration: Kentucky voter registration verification
Deciding how to vote: http://www.votesmart.org/
Polling Place: Kentucky polling places
ID Requirements: You must bring one of the following forms of ID to vote early or on Election Day:
- driver’s license
- social security card
- ID issued by the US government
- ID issued by the Kentucky government with your picture and signature
- Any ID with your picture and signature
How to Vote: Kentucky sample ballots by county.
Problems with voting: Report violations to one of the following sources:
- Precinct Election Officers
- County Clerk/Board of Elections
- State Board of Elections (502) 573-7100
- Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline (800) 328-8683
Verifying provisional ballot status: Kentucky provisional ballot voter information center
Verifying absentee ballot status: Please contact your county clerk to verify your absentee ballot status.