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Kentucky

Upcoming Election Dates and Registration Deadlines

May 17, 2022

Kentucky Primary Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: April 18, 2022
  • In-person request by: April 18, 2022
  • Online request by: April 18, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Post received: May 3, 2022
  • In-person request by: May 3, 2022
  • Online request by: May 3, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received: May 17, 2022 (6pm)
Early Voting: May 12 – May 14, 2022

November 8, 2022

Kentucky General Election
Voter Registration Deadline
  • Postmarked: October 10, 2022
  • In-person request by: October 10, 2022
  • Online request by: October 10, 2022
Absentee Request Deadline
  • Post received: October 25, 2022
  • In-person request by: October 25, 2022
  • Online request by: October 25, 2022
Completed Absentee Ballot Return Deadline
  • Received: November 2, 2021 (6pm)
Early Voting: November 3 – November 5, 2022

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Absentee Voting

Voters can only vote absentee in Kentucky with an approved excuse. You may vote absentee in Kentucky if you are:

  • Advanced in age, Disabled, or Ill;
  • Military personnel, their Dependents, or Overseas Citizens;
  • 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 “snowbird;”
  • Incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime; or
  • Employed outside of the county all hours the polling place is open.

You must contact your county clerk to request an absentee ballot application, and it will be either mailed to you or you may get an application at the county clerk’s office. Your completed application must be returned at least 7 days before an election, and your completed absentee ballot must be returned by 6 PM on Election Day.

See details of absentee voting here

What to Expect
on Election Day

On Election Day, polls are open from 6 AM to 6 PM. 

Find your polling location.

 

Voter ID Requirements

You must show identification on Election Day to vote. The following forms of ID are acceptable:

  • Personal acquaintance with a precinct election officer
  • Driver’s License
  • Social Security card
  • Credit card
  • Another form of identification containing both picture and signature.

Click here for more information on voter ID in Kentucky

Language Access

Section 203 of the Voting Rights Act requires certain jurisdictions to provide in-language voting materials in areas with a significant number of limited English proficient voters.

Section 208

Section 208 of the Voting Rights Act states that, “Any voter who requires assistance to vote by reason of blindness, disability, or inability to read or write may be given assistance by a person of the voter’s choice, other than the voter’s employer or agent of the employer or office or agent of the voter’s union.” 

It is your right to bring your own interpreter to the polls, if you so choose. 

Have questions or need help voting?

Call 1-888-API-VOTE (1-888-274-8683).

Bilingual assistance is available in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tagalog, Urdu, Hindi, and Bengali. Click here for more information.