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Primary Election Process

The 2022 Primary election will be held May 17, 2022. All precincts will be open on May 17 for election day in-person voting. You can find your polli... Read More

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Next Election: General
Tuesday, November 8, 2022

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Monday, October 10, 2022
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Monday, October 10, 2022
There are no additional election dates scheduled at this time.

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Absentee Ballot Process

There are 2 ways to vote absentee: In-person and Mail-In. The qualification criteria are different for each. Both are described below.

  1. Excused in-person absentee voting

Excused in-person absentee voting for the Primary will be conducted on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 4-6, 2022 and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 9-11, 2022. During this 6-day period, any registered voter of the county with a qualifying excuse who has not requested a mail-in absentee ballot may cast his/her in-person absentee ballot at the location designated by the County Clerk. https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx

To qualify for excused in-person absentee voting, you must fulfill one of the following criteria: 

  • Be a Kentucky voter who is defined in KRS  11 117A.010; These are Kentucky residents who are members of the Uniformed Services and their dependents, or voters residing overseas (temporarily or permanently) who will be absent from the county on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Have surgery, or spouse has surgery, scheduled that will require hospitalization on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Temporarily reside outside the state, but still eligible to vote in this state (this includes vacationers) and will be absent from the county on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Is a Covered Voter as defined in KRS 117A.010 who will be confined to a military base on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Is in her last trimester of pregnancy
  • Is unable to appear at the polls on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person voting due to age, disability, or illness
  • Be a student who temporarily resides outside the county where registered and will be absent from that county on the day of the election and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Be employed in an occupation that is scheduled to work during all days and all hours the polls are open on election day and during the days of no-excuse in-person absentee voting
  • Be an election officer tasked with election administration for the current election cycle

 

  1. Mail-In Absentee Voting

Mail-in absentee ballots must be requested through the GoVoteKY.com portal. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 14 days before the election. Completed absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office by 6pm local time on Election Day, May 17, in order to be counted.  

To qualify for a mail-in absentee ballot, you must fulfill one of the following criteria: 

  • Be of advanced age 
  • Have a disability or illness 
  • Be a student who temporarily resides outside the county where registered
  • Temporarily reside outside of Kentucky (perhaps on vacation) 
  • Be incarcerated having been charged with a crime, but not yet convicted 
  • Have employment that takes you out of the county during the hours the polls are open, including for in-person absentee voting 
  • Be a participant in the Secretary of State’s address confidentiality program
  • Be a covered Voter as defined in KRS 117A.010 - These voters are Members of the Uniformed Services and their dependents who will be out of the county on election day and voters residing overseas (temporarily or permanently)
  • Have a change of residence to a new state when the books are closed in election for U.S. President 

The portal will open no later than 45 days prior to the election to receive absentee ballot requests. Voter ID will be verified through the portal.

The last day to request an absentee ballot is 14 days before the election, May 3, 2022 11:59 PM.

Completed absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk’s office by 6pm, local time on Election Day, May 17, in order to be counted.  

Note: Voters who request an absentee ballot are not able to vote in person instead, unless they have not received their requested absentee ballot.

Special Circumstances (Disability/No Internet, Active Military and People with Medical Emergencies within 14 Days of the Election.)

People with disabilities who are unable to use the portal, people who do not have internet and people who are otherwise unable to use the portal may call their County Clerk to have their information verified and entered into the portal for them.

You can apply for a medical emergency absentee ballot if a medical emergency occurs within 14 days before an election. The spouse of the voter can also apply for an absentee ballot on their behalf. You would request this through your county clerk’s office. 

Overseas citizens and U.S. military personnel can find information on how to register to vote and request an absentee ballot at the Overseas Vote Foundation.

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Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

 

Drop Boxes

Kentucky voters are now able to cast their absentee ballots by mail or a ballot drop-box. There is at least one drop-box per county.  You can find your drop box location here.

Early Voting

No-Excuse in person Absentee Voting for the Primary election is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 12-14, 2022.  During this 3-day period, any registered voter of the county who has not requested a mail-in absentee ballot may cast an in-person absentee ballot at their county voting center(s) for any reason.

Excused in-person absentee voting is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 4-6, 2022 and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 9-11, 2022 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. During this 6-day period, any registered voter of the county with a qualifying excuse who has not requested a mail-in absentee ballot may cast his/her in-person absentee ballot.

Find polling locations and times here: https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx or contact your county clerk for additional information about voting locations and times.

Election Dates

The next election date can be found here https://www.vote411.org/kentucky.

Contact your local Board of Elections for more information.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote you must be:

  • A U.S. citizen
  • A resident of Kentucky for 28 days before the election
  • At least 18 years old by the date of the general election
  • Not convicted of a felony (or, if so, have had your civil rights restored)
  • Not judged mentally incompetent in a court of law
  • Not claiming the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky
ID Needed for Voter Registration

When you register to vote online, you are required to enter you Social Security Number and Date of Birth in order to proceed. The portal confirms your ID by matching with Driver’s License records. 

ID Needed for Voting?

Kentucky now has a photo ID law for voting.  The Special Election in November 2021 will be the first time that this law will be implemented. (The requirement was waived in the Fall 2020 election because Coronavirus prevented many people from obtaining the appropriate ID.)

A valid ID to vote, must have the voter’s name and photograph AND be issued by either:  

  • The United States or the Commonwealth of Kentucky;  
  • The United States Department of Defense, a branch of the uniformed services, the Merchant Marines, or the Kentucky National Guard;  
  • A public or private college, university, or postgraduate technical or professional school located within the United States; 
  •  Any city government, county government, urban-county government, charter county government, consolidated local government, or unified local government, which is located within this state

The most common form of a valid photo ID is your driver’s license. Other examples of acceptable ID (as long as they include your name and photo) are:  

  • Military ID  
  • College ID  
  • Kentucky government ID 

A voter’s identity can still be confirmed by personal acquaintance with an election official, but now the election official must sign an affirmation.

For additional information please contact your Board of Elections.

Voters can call or text 844-338-8743 at any time to reach VoteRiders Voter ID Helpline

Official Results

Official results are never available on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.

Official election results will be uploaded on the Kentucky Board of Elections website as they become available. 

 

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Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.

If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.

Poll Worker Information

Visit www.workelections.org to find localized information for becoming a poll worker in your area.

In order to be a poll worker in Kentucky, you must:

  • Be registered to vote in Kentucky
  • Be at least 18 years of age
  • Be entitled to compensation
  • Political affiliation generally required. You cannot change your part affiliation for one year prior to your appointment as precinct officer.
  • Be a resident of the precinct
  • Complete required training
  • Each precinct allows one minor who is 17 years old to work. All minors who will turn 18 on the day or before the election may serve as an election officer
  • Not be a candidate during that election year or be related to a candidate in the precinct

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

As a registered voter, you may cast your ballot in person on Tuesday, May 17 at your assigned voting location between 6:00 AM and 6:00 PM local time. You must be in line by 6:00 PM in order to cast your ballot. Find your polling location here: https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx 

No-Excuse in-person Absentee, or “Early”  Voting for the Primary election is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 12-14, 2022. Check your polling location for times: https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx  During this 3-day period, voters may cast an in-person absentee ballot at designated locations for any reason. Excused in-person absentee voting is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 4-6, 2022 and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 9-11, 2022. During this 6-day period, any registered voter of the county with a qualifying excuse who has not requested a mail-in absentee ballot may cast his/her in-person absentee ballot at designated locations. here is a list of qualifying excuses: https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Absentee-Excused-In-Person.aspx

Locations and times for in-person “no excuse’ and ‘excused’ voting will be posted here:https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx 

 

Polling Place Locator

You can find your election-day polling place here: https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx

Polling locations and hours for ‘no excuse’ and ‘excuse’ in-person voting prior to May 17 will be limited.  You can find information here: https://elect.ky.gov/Voters/Pages/Polling-Locations.aspx  or contact your county clerk for additional  information.

Primary Election Process

The 2022 Primary election will be held May 17, 2022.

All precincts will be open on May 17 for election day in-person voting. You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource or contacting your county clerk.

In-Person Early and Absentee Voting

No-Excuse in-person Absentee Voting for the Primary election is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 12-14, 2022.  During this 3-day period, any registered voter of the county who has not requested a mail-in absentee ballot may cast an in-person absentee ballot at the county voting center for any reason. 

Excused in-person absentee voting is on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, May 4-6, 2022 and Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, May 9-11, 2022 between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. During this 6-day period, any registered voter of the county with a qualifying excuse who has not requested a mail-in absentee ballot may cast his/her in-person absentee ballot.

Contact your county clerk for information about voting locations and times.

Kentucky is a “closed primary” state. In order to vote in the primary election, voters must be registered with a political party. Unaffiliated or independent voters are not able to participate in the primary.

If you have any questions about your state’s primary election, please contact your local election officials.

Provisional Voting

You can vote on federal offices on a provisional ballot if you live in the precinct and you find yourself under one of the approved circumstances.

Those circumstances are:

  • Your name does not appear on the precinct roster and the registration status cannot be determined by the precinct officer
  • Your name does not appear on the precinct roster and you have been verified as ineligible to vote
  • You do not have identification
  • You are voting as a result of a federal or state court order or any order under state law in effect 10 days prior to Election Day which extends polling hours
  • You have been challenged by all four precinct election officers

Provisional ballots are counted by 12pm the Friday after the election. If you want to check if your provisional ballot was counted or not, please go to the Kentucky state board of elections Provisional Voter Information page.

 

Provisions for Voters with Disabilities

Kentucky is required to have a voting machine in each polling place that allows anyone with a disability to cast a ballot free of outside assistance. Nevertheless, if you need assistance due to physical disability, blindness or an inability to read English, you may request voting assistance at the polls on Election Day. Physical disability and blindness are the only two reasons you may apply to the county board of elections for permanent voting assistance. You may receive assistance from someone of your choice or the two election officers at the polls. You may not be assisted by your employer, the employer's agent, a union officer or agent of your union.

For more information, you can utilize the American Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.

Registration Deadline

You can now update your current registration or register to vote online! Your completed registration must be mailed or returned at least 29 days before the election to the State Board of Elections or your county clerk.

Time Off To Vote

Employers must allow employees up to 4 hours to vote during their regular work shift.

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Voting Machines

The voting systems used in Kentucky are optical scan and DRE.

Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.

Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.

There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.

Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. And some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.

You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource.

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