Last update: Jun 24, 2022
Last update: Jun 24, 2022
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. Kentucky offers early voting.
Dates and Deadlines
Who can vote
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 expungement, Executive Pardon, or Executive Order
- not have been judged "mentally incompetent" in a court of law
- not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky
- You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Vote in person
Due to COVID-19, in-person services may have limited availability. Contact your local election office to confirm. See CDC guidance on safe in-person voting.
Vote on Election Day
Voters in Kentucky can look up where to vote on Kentucky's site.
Kentucky does offer in-person absentee voting.
What to bring
- You will need to show photo ID, or be known personally by a precinct election officer, to vote in Kentucky. Acceptable forms include: driver's license; military ID; college ID; Kentucky government ID. If you don't have a photo ID, you may obtain a free photo ID card at your circuit clerk’s office or one of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s regional offices.
- If you cannot obtain a photo ID you may sign a “Reasonable Impediment Declaration" and present one of the following non-photo IDs: Social Security Card; any ID issued by a county in KY that’s been approved by the State Board of Elections and shows your name); any ID card with both the voter’s photograph and name; any food stamp ID card, electronic benefit transfer card, or supplemental nutrition assistance card issued by KY that shows voter’s name; or a credit or debit card that shows your name.
- Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.
- For more information, please visit VoteRiders.
Vote by mail
- Contact your local election official to request an absentee voting application.
- Fill out the application completely.
- If you choose to request your ballot by mail, submit the request to your local election office.
- When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
Election Day registration
Kentucky does not offer registration on Election Day.
See what's on the ballot
Learn more about what will be on your ballot by visiting Ballotpedia.
Get step-by-step help
TurboVote can help you start the absentee/mail-in ballot request process, 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 overseas citizens can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA process is done by mail, but your state may offer other options to request and return ballots. Please contact your election official for more information about delivery and return methods, including email, fax, and state online portals. To follow the FPCA process:
- 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.
- Send the application to your election official.
- It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible.
- Please fill out and send back your ballot as soon as you receive it.
- 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.