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
05/11/2023
Early Voting Begins
05/13/2023
Early Voting Ends

Vote By Mail Deadlines

05/02/2023
Deadline to Request Ballot (Received by)
05/16/2023
Deadline to Return Ballot (Received By)

In-Person Absentee Voting

You can vote early in your state before Election Day. Early voting begins on 05/11/2023 and ends on 05/13/2023

You can vote in-person absentee in your state.

In-person no-excuse absentee voting will take place in the county clerk's office or other place designated by the county board of elections and approved by the state board of elections.

How Vote By Mail Works in Kentucky

Voting by mail is a two step process in Kentucky. Step 1: Request your ballot NOW. You must have an excuse to qualify to vote with an absentee ballot. Check with your county clerk to learn more about qualifying excuses. If you qualify, you'll need to apply for an absentee ballot no later than May 2nd. The deadline for your application to be received online is May 2nd. Step 2: Complete and return your ballot ASAP.

  • Return your ballot in person to your county clerk's office or dropbox on or before May 16th at 6 p.m.
  • Mail your ballot. Ballots must be received by May 16th to be counted. We recommend mailing your ballot at least two weeks before as the post office is not always reliable. The best intentions or postmark will not matter if your ballot is received after Election Day - your ballot will not count.

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

Excuse Needed to Vote Absentee

You need an excuse to request an absentee ballot. Excuses could include being sick or out of town, but it’s best to check with your state directly to see what counts as an excuse.

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 use 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

You must add a stamp when mailing in your ballot.

In Person

  • Local elections office
  • Drop box

An election official conducting official duties, a designated family member, a roommate, or a caregiver may return your ballot.

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.  

Haven't used your ballot?

If you would like to vote in person, bring your unused mail-in absentee ballot with you to the county clerk's office on or before Election Day. If you do not have your ballot, you will be asked to sign an oath stating that you are only voting once.  

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