Kentucky Election Information

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Upcoming Elections in Your State

2014 Primary Election: May 20, 2014

2014 General Election: November 4, 2014

For more information, visit the Kentucky Secretary of State website.

Other Important Election Information

Polling Place Hours

6:00 am to 6:00 pm. 

Early in person is available at your county clerk's office 12 (or more) working days before the election but you must have a valid excuse. Check the early voting section for qualifications.

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

You will receive a notice in the mail from the county clerk with your precinct name and voting location address.

Check for your polling place here.

REGISTER TO VOTE HERE

Registration Deadlines

Your completed voter registration card must be mailed or returned at least 28 days prior to the election.

2014 Primary Election: April 21, 2014

2014 General Election: October 6, 2014

Identification Required for Registration

The Kentucky Voter Registration Card requires the applicant's social security number. In addition, a date of birth is required to verify that the voter meets the minimum age requirement for voting. No person shall be denied the right to register because of the failure to include his Social Security number. All forms which require a voter's signature shall provide for verification by the signer. If a voter signs a voter registration form with only a mark, two witnesses are also required.

How to Check Registration

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE

To verify your voter registration status, use your state registration tool, or contact your  County Clerk's Office.

If You Want to Vote Early

A voting machine is available at your county clerk's office 12 (or more) working days before the election for you to vote early if you are qualified. You must fulfill one of the below criteria in order to be eligible:

  • You will be out of the county on Election Day
  • You are a student or resident who temporarily resides outside of the county
  • You have surgery scheduled and will require hospitalization on Election Day
  • You are a spouse of a voter who is having surgery on Election day
  • You are a pregnant woman in your third trimester

You are a precinct election officer appointed to serve in precinct other than your own, an alternate precinct officer, a county board of elections member, a county board of elections member of staff, a deputy county clerk, or a state board of elections member of staff.

If You Want to Vote Absentee

You can obtain an absentee ballot through your county clerk's office. To qualify for a mail-in absentee ballot, you must fulfill one of the following criteria:

  • Be of advanced age
  • Have a disability or illness
  • Be a student who temporarily resides outside the county
  • Temporarily reside outside of Kentucky (perhaps on vacation)
  • Be incarcerated but not yet convicted
  • Have a profession that takes you out of the county during the hours the polls are open

The deadline for applying for a mail-in absentee ballot is 7 days before an election.  The completed application must be received by the county clerk by mail or in person by the seven day deadline.  The absentee ballot must be received in the county clerk's office by 6:00 pm on Election Day for the ballot to be counted.

You can apply for a medical emergency absentee ballot if a medical emergency occurs within 14 days before an election.  The spouse of the voter can also apply for an absentee ballot.

You may request an application for an absentee ballot through your county clerk's office in person, by phone, by mail or by fax.  Also, the voter's spouse, parent or child can request an application for a mail-in absentee ballot.

Election officers confirm the identity of each voter by:

  • Personal acquaintance or
  • Document, such as a driver's license, Social Security card, or credit card.  A photo ID is not required.
If you move within the county: Notify the county clerk of your new address or update your driver's license. The county clerk will tell you the location of your new voting precinct. If you do not do this before election day, you must go to the voting precinct of your new address to vote and update your voter registration address.
 
If you move outside the county more than 28 days before Election Day: Update your voter registration address with the new county clerk or renew your driver's license in the new county at least 29 days before the election. If you do not notify the county clerk in either your old county or your new county of residence 29 days prior to an election, you are not eligible to vote in either county.
 
If you move outside the county less than 28 days before Election Day: You may vote in your previous county of residence for this election, but must register to vote in your new county of residence for future elections.
 
If you temporarily reside outside of Kentucky, but are eligible to vote in Kentucky: You may vote by absentee ballot. Please see section regarding absentee ballots.
 

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Kentucky-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Kentucky-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's Kentucky-specific FWAB page.

Individuals convicted of a felony, treason, or bribery in an election may not vote in Kentucky unless their civil rights are restored by executive pardon by the Governor.

For more information, go to the Secretary of State's website, or click here to read theKentucky state election code.

FAQ

Manual

Voter Checklist

 

For more information for voters with mental disabilities, visit The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law and National Disability Rights Network’s document: “Voting Rights Guide for People with Mental Disabilities

For more information for student voters, visit the Kentucky Student Voter Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights


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