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Early &
Mail-in Voting
in Kentucky

Warning: Mail-in voting is a convenient and safe way to vote, but your ballot might not count if it's submitted late or with errors. So follow the directions below on how to vote early or absentee and make your vote count in Kentucky.

Note - this information below may change for your state due to ongoing litigation and legislation. This page will be updated within 24 hours of any change.

Vote Before Election Day

Vote Early In Person
10/13/2020
Early Voting Begins
11/02/2020
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

10/09/2020
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
11/03/2020
Deadline to Return Ballot (Postmarked By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

Go to your county clerk's office to cast your ballot early.

How Vote By Mail Works in Kentucky

Voting by mail is a two step process in Kentucky. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. The deadline for your application to be received online is Oct. 9th Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return in person to your local election office or dropbox on or before Nov. 3rd at 6 p.m.
  • Mail your ballot. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3rd and received by Nov. 6th to be counted. To make your postmark date, put the ballot into your home mailbox for collection at least one day prior to ensure it is picked up and processed. You can also drop the ballot off at the post office before the last posted collection time on Nov. 3rd. We recommend returning ASAP as the post office may not be able to deliver within three days, even with the postmark.

Request Your Ballot See Your Ballot Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

You May Use COVID-19 as an Excuse to Vote Absentee

Due to COVID-19, your state has expanded vote by mail access for the November 2020 election. That means that ‘COVID-19’ qualifies as an excuse to request your absentee ballot.

P.S. If COVID-19 wasn’t affecting the U.S. right now, your state would have stricter requirements for you to qualify to vote by mail.

Remember to Sign Your Return Ballot

After you complete your ballot, be sure to sign the return envelopes - both the inner and outer envelopes. You must used both envelopes, and the flap on the inner envelope must be attached when you submit your ballot. Be sure that your signature matches your signature on file with the state! If you registered online or at the DMV, check the signature on your license. If the signature does not match, your ballot could be tossed and will not count.

Use The Right Form of ID

Include a copy of your valid photo ID with your application to vote by mail. Info here on what qualifies. If you vote during early voting or on Election Day, you must show valid photo ID.

How You Can Return Your Mail-in Ballot

By Mail

Your postage is prepaid.

By Courier

Return your ballot via commercial delivery services, such as FedEx or UPS (at your expense)

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box
Look Up Ballot Drop Off Locations

Make Sure Your Mail-in Vote Counts

Click here to track your ballot. Your state offers electronic, barcode ballot tracking services so you can make sure your ballot gets counted. Your state has a cure period, which means you can “cure” a challenge to the signature on your ballot if it was done incorrectly. You local elections office is required to contact you and give you options to remedy your ballot. You have until Nov. 9th to cure ballot. You may get a call from a number you do not recognize with a notification that you need to cure your ballot. Be sure to pick so you don't miss your chance to make sure your vote is counted.

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, return your unused absentee ballot to your polling site and request an in-person ballot on Election Day. You will be asked to use a provisional ballot. Which is better than not voting, but may not be counted. It is better to use your ballot and return to a polling site.   

Election Protection Hotline

The national, nonpartisan Election Protection coalition was formed to ensure that all voters have an equal opportunity to participate in the political process. Made up of more than 100 local, state and national partners, Election Protection works year-round to advance and defend the right to vote.

Call 866-OUR-VOTE if you need assistance.

More about voting in Kentucky

Find your polling place, ID laws, and more about voting for the first time below.


Voting Info for Kentucky First Time Voter Info