Voter Registration In Kentucky
Who Can Register In Kentucky
To register to vote in Kentucky, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Kentucky for at least 28 days prior to the election
- Be at least 18 years old, or turning 18 by the next general election
- Not have been declared “non-compos mentis” or “mentally incompetent” by a court of law
- Not have been convicted of a felony, or have been convicted but have had your rights restored
- Not claim the right to vote outside Kentucky
You must register to vote at least 29 days before the election you wish to vote in.
Kentucky Election Day Registration
Kentucky does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline.
You can pre-register to vote in Kentucky if you will turn 18 by the next general election.
Voting Rights Restoration
An executive order was issued on December 12, 2019 that automatically restores the right to vote for all Kentuckians convicted of a non-violent felony in Kentucky state court who have completed their sentence. Kentuckians convicted of a crime that does not meet the criteria for automatic voting rights restoration may apply (to the governor) for restoration of their civil rights.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Kentucky
Where To Vote In Kentucky
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
Voters can typically only vote absentee in Kentucky with an approved excuse. During COVID-19, all voters are eligible to vote absentee.
To request an absentee ballot in Kentucky, apply online or request an application via mail by contacting your county clerk. The application must include your original, non-digital signature if submitted in person; otherwise, an e-signature is sufficient.
To return your Kentucky absentee ballot, you can either mail it back or return it to a ballot drop box.
Early Voting In Kentucky
Typically, voters can only vote in-person absentee in Kentucky with an approved excuse. However, for the 2020 November General Election, Kentucky will offer early voting every weekday between October 13 and Election Day, November 3, and every Saturday for at least four hours. No excuse is required to vote early.
Primary Elections In Kentucky
Kentucky has closed primaries. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. 17-year-olds can vote in the primary election if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Kentucky
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is required to vote in Kentucky. Valid forms of ID include:
- Driver’s license
- Social Security card
- county issued identification card approved in writing by the State Board of Elections
- U.S. government-issued identification card
- Kentucky state government-issued identification card with picture
- credit card
- another form of ID containing both picture and signature
If you do not have an approved form of ID or you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, personal acquaintance of precinct officer can substitute for a photo ID.
Additional Kentucky Resources
Your State Election Official
Kentucky Secretary of State
Alison Lundergan Grimes
Phone number: 502.564.3490