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
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
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 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:
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:
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.
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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