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How & Where to Vote

Find out where to vote, how to vote, how to vote early, and how to vote by mail.

Register to Vote

Register to vote in Kentucky, or learn more about voter ID & rights.

Election Details

Visit the Kentucky Election Website or call (502) 573-7100 to learn more about your states voting details.

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Important Dates - General Election

General Election Date
Mail Registration Deadline (received by)

Voting Information for Kentucky

Don’t miss your next election!

Your application for voter registration must be received by Oct. 5th. At this time, you must have an excuse to vote by mail in the November general election.


Presidential Primaries

Kentucky holds closed primary elections.  If you are new to the state and registering for the first time, you may register with your party by the voter registration deadlines. Existing Kentucky voters wishing to change their party selection must do so by December 31, 2019.

Statewide Primaries

Congressional seats, state offices and constitutional amendments may be on the ballot. Voters must change their party by December 31st in the year preceding to the primary to participate with another party.

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Early Voting + Absentee Voting

Early Voting Dates: Oct. 16th-Nov. 2nd

You can vote in-person at your county clerk’s office from Oct. 16th to Nov. 2nd before the election, using an absentee ballot. Check with your county clerk for exact times. 

To vote absentee by-mail, first you’ll need to apply for an absentee ballot (click here). You must apply for your absentee ballot by Oct. 27th. Then, when you complete your absentee ballot, it must be received by 6 pm on election day (Nov. 3rd). At this time an excuse is required to submit your ballot in the mail.

Kentucky has not said if it will waive the excuse requirement for the November general election. Check back for updates.

The absentee ballot by-mail application period opens on Jan. 1st. You must submit an application for each election.

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Voter ID + Access for Kentucky

Do Voters Need ID?

  • Yes, voters need an ID
  • Multiple forms of ID accepted
  • First time voters need ID
  • Student IDs accepted

More Chances to Register

Your state does not offer additional voter registration options outside of the deadlines listed above.


  • If you are 17 and will be 18 on or before the next election, you may register to vote.
  • You can vote at age 17 in primary elections if you're 18 by the general election
Youth participation is affected by changing state legislation or party rules. If we are not up to date please let us know.