Kentucky

Upcoming Elections

2022-10-06 – Registration Deadline

Thu Oct 6, 2022

2022-10-09 – Ballot Request Deadline (Online by)

Online by Sun Oct 9, 2022

2022-10-20 – Ballot Request Deadline (Received by)

Received by Thu Oct 20, 2022

2022-10-29 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting From (Varies by Locality)

Deadline Dates Vary by Locality

2022-11-01 – In Person Absentee Ballot Voting To (Dates Vary: Contact LEO)

Dates Vary by County. Contact Local Election Office.

2022-11-03 – Ballot Return Deadline (Received by)

Received by Thu Nov 3, 2022 6:00PM EDT

Last updated: March 2022

Voting in Kentucky

When You Can Vote

Election Day:

On Election Day, polling locations will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time. Voters who are in line at 6:00 p.m. are entitled to vote. Voters can find their polling locations here: https://elect.ky.gov/voters/pages/polling-locations.aspx  

Early Voting:For the Primary Election, all voters may vote early in person during normal business hours on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday immediately preceding Election Day. Voters can check local hours and locations for in-person absentee voting here: https://elect.ky.gov/voters/pages/polling-locations.aspx

Where You Can Vote

To find your polling location and to check local hours for Primary Election and in-person absentee voting, visit: https://elect.ky.gov/voters/pages/polling-locations.aspx

Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

  • The voter registration deadline for the Kenton County General Election is Thu Oct 6, 2022.

How to Check Your Registration: Voters can determine whether they are registered to vote at the following link: Am I Registered?.

You are eligible to vote in Kentucky if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Kentucky
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 10 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Kentucky if:

  • You have been legally declared “mentally incompetent” by a court
  • You are registered to vote in another state

Restorative Requirements

  • If you have been convicted of a felony NOT involving moral turpitude, your voting rights are not affected.

How to register 

  • Kenton County General Election
    • Register By: Thu Oct 6, 2022

Registration Deadlines: Generally, you must register at least 29 days prior to the election.

How to Verify Your Registration Status: Visit the following URL and provide your first and last name, date of birth, and—if necessary—the last four digits of your social security number: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/vic

Registration Eligibility: To be eligible to vote in Kentucky, you must:

  • be a U.S. citizen and a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before the election
  • be at least 18 years old by the next General Election – noting that Kentucky law permits qualified 17-year-olds to vote in a Primary Election if they will turn 18 by the General Election
  • not be a convicted felon 
  • not have been adjudged mentally incompetent and had voting rights removed
  • not claim the right to vote outside Kentucky

How to Register: Kentucky residents may register online, by mail or in person:

Online

Voters may register to vote—or update their registration—online via the Kentucky Online Voter Registration webpage at: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/govoteky 

By Mail

To register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration card by:

  • Downloading it from the State Board of Elections website; or
  • Picking it up from your County Clerk’s Office. 

In Person

You may register to vote in person at your local County Clerk’s Office, which you can find at: https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx

Identification Required for Registration: 

Voters may register online or by mail without identification; however, see “Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot” (below) to determine what type of identification voters must provide when voting at the polls on Election Day. 

Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Absentee, requests may be made:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • By Fax
  • By Email
  • Online

Absentee Ballots may be returned:

  • In-Person
  • By Mail
  • Online
Kenton County General Election

Ballot Request:

  • Received by Thu Oct 20, 2022
  • Online by Sun Oct 9, 2022

Ballot Return:

  • Received by Thu Nov 3, 2022 6:00PM EDT

If You Want to Vote Early:

For the Primary Election, all voters may vote early during normal business hours on Thursday, May 12 through Saturday, May 14, 2022 in the County Clerk’s office or any other place designated by a county Board of Elections and approved by the State Board of Elections.


Voters can check the locations and hours for in-person absentee voting here: https://elect.ky.gov/voters/pages/polling-locations.aspx 


If You Want to Vote Absentee:

Registered voters can request an absentee ballot if they are any of the following:

  1. a uniformed-service voter or overseas voter registered to vote in Kentucky
  2. a student who temporarily resides outside the county of his or her residence
  3. incarcerated in jail and charged with a crime, but have not been convicted of the crime
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  5. temporarily residing outside the state but still eligible to vote in Kentucky
  6. prevented from voting in person at the polls on election day and from casting an in-person absentee ballot on all days in-person absentee voting is conducted because their employment location requires them to be absent from the county of their residence all hours and all days in-person absentee voting is conducted
  7. a participant in the Secretary of State’s crime victim address confidentiality protection program; 
  8. not able to appear at the polls on election day or the days in-person absentee voting is conducted on the account of age, disability, or illness, and who have not been declared mentally disabled by a court of competent jurisdiction

The application for an absentee ballot opens 45 days before the Primary Election and the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot is May 3, 2022. However, voters are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to help ensure their ballot arrives in a timely manner.  Eligible voters can request an online absentee ballot at https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/abrweb, or by phone or in person at their County Clerk’s office. 

Absentee ballots must be received by the County Clerk no later than 6:00 p.m. on May 17, 2022. 

There are drop boxes in each county where voters can drop off their completed absentee ballots. Voters should contact their County Clerk’s office for the absentee ballot drop box locations. 

Additional considerations:

Registered voters who have a disability that prevents them from marking a paper ballot and would like to request an accessible absentee ballot should contact their County Clerk for guidance related to the state’s accessible absentee portal.

In the case of medical emergencies within 14 days or less of an election, a registered voter and the registered voter’s spouse may apply for an absentee ballot by requesting Form SBE 45, Medical Emergency Application for an Absentee Ballot from the County Clerk’s office.  The application shall be notarized. The application form may be requested by and delivered by the voter or the spouse, parents, or children of the voter. If the voter has no spouse, parents, or children, the application form may be requested by and delivered by the brother, sister, niece, nephew, or designee of the voter.

Identification Requirements

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Kentucky you should provide:

  • Your Kentucky Driver’s License or State ID Number (online applicants only)
  • Your Social Security Number

If you do not have one of these forms of ID and need help getting ID, go to www.voteriders.org.

Voting In-Person

In Kentucky, you need to show a valid photo ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid Kentucky Driver’s License
  • Current and Valid Photo ID with Signature
  • Debit or Credit Card
  • Social Security Card
  • Personal Acquaintance/Known by Local Election Official

First time voters who did not submit an ID when registering to vote will need to include an ID from the above list when submitting an absentee ballot request application. If you do not have one of the Kentucky valid IDs and need help getting ID, go to www.voteriders.org or get a free state-issued ID card. If this is not possible, you may sign a Reasonable Impediment Declaration. In that case, you may show alternative ID such as your Social Security Card; an ID card with your photo or name; a Food Stamp or public assistance ID card; or a Credit or Debit Card.

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

A valid proof of identification (ID), which includes a photo of the voter, is required to vote in the 2022 Primary Election. The most common form of a valid ID is your Kentucky driver’s license, but other acceptable forms of ID that feature a voter’s name and photograph include: a United States-issued passport, a Military ID, College ID, or Kentucky government ID.

 A voter’s identity can also be confirmed by personal acquaintance with an election official if the election official signs an affirmation.

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Voters who do not have or cannot obtain a photo ID can present one of the following:  

  • a Social Security card
  • any ID issued by a county in Kentucky and approved by the State Board of Elections
  • any ID card with both the voter’s photo and name
  • any food stamp ID card, electronic benefit transfer card, or supplemental nutrition assistance card issued by Kentucky that shows voter’s name
  • a credit or debit card that shows the voter’s name

The voter also must sign an affidavit stating that, among other things, the voter has one of the following reasonable impediments to obtaining an acceptable photo ID:

  • lack of transportation
  • inability to obtain his or her birth certificate or other underlying documentation
  • work schedule
  • lost or stolen ID
  • disability or illness
  • family responsibilities
  • the ID has been applied for but not yet received 
  • a religious objection to being photographed

A voter who presents both the above ID and affirmation listing one of the above reasonable impediments can vote a regular ballot. A voter who cannot meet one or both of the above conditions may vote a provisional ballot for the federal offices of U.S. Senator and U.S. Representative.

To obtain a free state-issued photo ID card, visit your local Circuit Clerk’s office or one of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s regional offices. For a new ID, you must apply in person, noting that a birth certificate, Social Security card, and proof of residency are required. Photocopies are not accepted. Read more at: https://drive.ky.gov/driver-licensing/Pages/Drivers-License-and-ID-Card.aspx#identification-card-id-  

Any voter who does not have proper identification with them for in-person voting can vote by provisional ballot as. However, it is preferred that a voter with an acceptable ID leave and return with their ID.

If You Have Moved Within Your State

Moving Within the Same Precinct 

Voters who move within 29 days of the election, should update their registration at https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/govoteky or with their County Clerk. If you move less than 29 days before the election, you should update your address at your polling place when you vote. 

Moving within the Same County

If you have moved from one precinct to another within the same county, you can update the registration records and vote in the present election at the precinct designated for your new address upon affirmation of your new address and signing the precinct list.  You must also confirm your identity and submit an affidavit prior to being allowed to vote.

Moving Between Counties

If you have moved to a different county before the registration books close (29 days before an election), you must update your voter registration with the new County Clerk or update your driver’s license in the new county prior to the voter registration deadline; otherwise you will not be eligible to vote at either your old or new address.

If you have moved to a different county on or after the registration books close (29 days before the election), you may vote at the appropriate precinct for your former residence in your former county.  However, you must register to vote in your new county of residence to vote in future elections. 

If You Are a Military or an Overseas Voter

Voting Military

Service members and their dependents may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form (“FPCA”). Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order to register/request your ballot.

Voting Overseas

U.S. citizens living overseas may register and request a ballot using the overseas voter registration/ballot request form. Your state does not require an ID to be provided in order to register/request your ballot.

The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) created special provisions for absent uniformed services and overseas citizens to vote by mail in primary, general, and special elections for federal offices; and to allow these individuals to use a federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB) in the general election for federal offices.

Who are UOCAVA voters in Kentucky:

  • members of the United States Uniformed Services and the merchant marines, active or reserve members, including activated status National Guard, and their family members
  • Kentucky citizens residing outside of the United States
  • an overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, was last eligible to vote in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and, except for his or her absence from the state, otherwise satisfies the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s voter eligibility requirements
  • an overseas voter who, before leaving the United States, would have been last eligible to vote in the Commonwealth of Kentucky had the voter then been of voting age and, except for his or her absence from the state, otherwise satisfies the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s voter eligibility requirements
  • an overseas voter who was born outside the United States, is not described in paragraph (c) or (d) of this subsection, and, except for his or her absence from the state, otherwise satisfies the Commonwealth of Kentucky’s voter eligibility requirements, if:
  1. The last place where a parent or legal guardian of the voter was, or under this chapter would have been, eligible to vote before leaving the United States is within the Commonwealth of Kentucky; and
  2. The voter has not previously registered to vote in any other state

Registering to Vote:

All military and overseas voters must be registered to vote in order to obtain a ballot. UOCAVA voters can register by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The County Clerk’s office must receive completed FPCAs on or before the April 18, 2022 registration deadline.

  • Registrations sent by mail must be postmarked by April 18
  • Registrations via email or fax must be received by 4:00 p.m. on April 18.

Requesting an Absentee Ballot:

Current registered voters may request an absentee ballot by completing a FCPA, which must be returned to their County Clerk’s office no later than close of business on May 10, 2022.

Voting/Returning Ballots:

UOCAVA voter ballots must be mailed and received by their local County Clerk’s offices by 6:00 p.m. on May 17.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) alternative:

If there is not enough time to receive and send back a ballot before the 2022 Primary Election, UOCAVA voters can use the FWAB – which works like a backup ballot. If a voter’s official absentee ballot arrives after sending in the FWAB, voters should still fill out and send in the official ballot. 

For more information, call 800-438-8683, email [email protected], or visit:

If You Have A Felony Conviction

Kentucky citizens lose the right to vote if they are convicted of a felony. However, the Kentucky Constitution gives the Governor the option to restore these rights.

On December 12, 2019, Gov. Andy Beshear issued an Executive Order automatically restoring the right to vote for Kentuckians who have been convicted of non-violent felonies and who have satisfied their terms of supervised release and/or their sentence of incarceration.

If you are unsure if you are eligible for restoration, take this questionnaire and also check your status at:  https://secure.kentucky.gov/Corrections/VoterEligibility/search

For more information:

Visit: https://civilrightsrestoration.ky.gov/

Call: 502-782-9731

Email: [email protected]

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