Registration Deadline: Deadline to register to vote for the General Election is at least 28 days before the election.
Party Affiliation: Kentucky conducts closed primaries. Under Kentucky law, all persons who want to vote in the Democratic Party’s or Republican Party’s Primary Election must have changed their party affiliation by December 31 of the year prior to the next Primary Election.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: You may register to vote in Kentucky as a 17-year-old if you will be 18 years old by the next General Election
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: Must be a resident of Kentucky and do not claim the right to vote anywhere outside 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
ID Requirements for Voter Registration: Social Security Number and date of birth are required for voter registration
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Kentucky voter registration application
In person: You can register at one of the following locations:
-Local county clerk's office
-Voter Registration Drives. For more information on hosting a voter registration drive, click here.
By mail/ in writing: Download a voter registration card and mail it to the State Board of Elections or your County Clerk
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
Absentee ballots can only be obtained by contacting the County Clerk’s office.
Military and overseas voting: Information for military and overseas voters. Current registered voters may request an absentee ballot by completing a Kentucky’s Federal Post Card Application The FPCA must be returned to their County Clerk’s office no later than seven (7) days prior to an election.
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 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: https://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:
-personal acquaintance of precinct officer
-Social Security card
-county issued identification card approved in writing by the State Board of Elections
-U.S. government-issued identification card
-Kentucky state government-issued identification card with picture
-another form of ID containing both 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.