Registration Deadline: Your completed voter registration card must be mailed or returned at least 28 days prior to the election in which you plan to vote.
Party Affiliation: Kentucky has closed party primary elections. You must register as a Democrat or Republican to vote in that party's May primary election. If you choose a different party registration other than Democrat or Republican, you cannot vote in their respective primaries, but may vote in nonpartisan city and judicial primaries.
You may change your political party affiliation at any time on or before December 31 to remain eligible to vote in the following primary election. You simply need to fill out a new voter registration card and return it to your county clerk by the December 31 deadline.
VOTER REGISTRATION QUALIFICATIONS
Age: Must be at least 18 years old by the date of the general election (if you will be 18 by the November general election, you are eligible to vote in the prior May primary election)
Citizenship: Must be a United States citizen
Residency: A resident of Kentucky for no less than 28 days before the election
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. Contact your local parole office to obtain an application for restoration of civil rights;
ID Requirements: In order to register initially, you will need your social security number.
OBTAINING A VOTER REGISTRATION FORM
Online: Kentucky voter registration application or download a voter registartion card
In person: You can register at one of the following locations:
- County Clerk's office
- Driver's license office, if you are applying for or renewing your driver's license
- Food Stamp
- WIC, and state-funded offices serving those with disabilities, if you are a client of these offices
- Armed forces recruitment offices, if you are a prospective member of the armed forces
- High schools, if you are a student or staff member
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
Online: Absentee ballots may be requested by e-mail from your county clerk.
In person: You or your spouse, parents, or children may contact your County Clerk to request an absentee ballot application in person. The County Clerk will mail you the absentee ballot application or you can get an application in person at the County Clerk’s office.
By mail: You or your spouse, parents, or children may contact your County Clerk to request an absentee ballot application by mail. The County Clerk will mail you the absentee ballot application or you can get an application in person at the County Clerk’s office.
Military and overseas voting: Military and overseas voters that are already registered may complete a FPCA(Federal Post Card Application). Kentucky provides a complete guide for Military and overseas voters.
Emergency Voting: You can apply for a medical emergency absentee ballot if a medical emergency occurs within 14 days before an election. 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.
Other absentee ballot information: Absentee ballots may be requested by phone or fax. The county clerk will send you a mail-in absentee ballot within 3 days of the state ballot printing deadline, which is 50 days before the election. The last day to apply for an absentee ballot is 7 days before the 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 Citizen Page online.
-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 precinct other than your own
-an alternate precinct officer
-a county board of election's member
-County Board of Election's 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 can not 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/
Time off to vote: Employees may take a reasonable time(up to four hours) to vote. Employers may specify which hours the employee can take off (Kentucky Revised Statutes § 118.035)
Polling Place: Kentucky polling place locator
ID Requirements: Voters must produce identification or be known by a precinct officer prior to voting. Types of ID include:
- personal acquaintance of precinct officer,
- driver’s license,
- social security card,
- credit card,
- or another form of ID containing both picture and signature.
How to Vote: Kentucky sample ballots by County You may request instructions on how to use the voting machine from the precinct election officials assigned to your precinct on election day. You may also request a sample ballot to review while waiting to vote.
Getting your vote counted: Kentucky voter rights and responsibilities
Problems with voting: Report violations to one of the following sources:
-Precinct Election Offices
-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: Absentee ballots can only be verified by contacting the County Clerk’s office.