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Last update: May 01, 2021
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 executive pardon
- 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
Vote on Election Day
No early 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
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Military and overseas voters
- 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.
- 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
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