How to vote in Kentucky

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Kentucky offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Kentucky. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in Kentucky you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Kentucky
  • be a resident of the county for at least 28 days prior to the election date
  • be 18 years of age on or before the next general election
  • not be a convicted felon or if you have been convicted of a felony, your civil rights must have been restored by executive pardon
  • not have been judged "mentally incompetent" in a court of law
  • not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Kentucky can look up where to vote on Kentucky's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

No early voting

Kentucky does not offer an early voting period. If you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or by visiting your local election office.

What to bring

  • You will need to show ID, or be known personally by a precinct election officer, to vote in Kentucky. Acceptable forms include: driver's license; Social Security card; ID issued by the US government; ID issued by the Kentucky government with picture; credit card; county-issued ID card approved in writing by the State Board of Elections; or another form of ID containing both picture and signature.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

Vote by mail

  1. Contact your local election office to request a ballot by mail.
  2. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.
  3. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Kentucky.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Kentucky's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 9.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.

Election contact information for Kentucky

Address:
State Board of Elections
140 Walnut Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

Phone Number:
502-573-7100