Kentucky elections, 2012

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1 2012 Elections
2 Eligibility to Vote
2.1 Primary election
2.2 General election
3 Voting absentee
3.1 Eligibility
3.2 Deadlines
3.3 Military and overseas voting
4 Voting early
5 See also
6 References

The state of Kentucky held elections in 2012. Below are the dates of note:

On the 2012 ballot Click here for all
November 6, 2012
Election Results
U.S. Senate Defeatedd Preview Article
U.S. House (6 seats) Approveda
State Executives Defeatedd N/A
State Senate (19 seats) Approveda Preview Article
State House (100 seats) Approveda
Ballot measures (1 measure) Approveda Preview Article

2012 Elections

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For election results in the 50 states, see our November 6, 2012 election results page

Elections by type

See also: Kentucky State Senate elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Republicans maintained partisan control in the state senate.

Kentucky State Senate
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 14 14
     Republican Party 21 22
     Independent 1 1
     Vacancy 2 1
Total 38 38

See also: Kentucky House of Representatives elections, 2012

Heading into the election, Democrats maintained partisan control in the state house.

Kentucky House of Representatives
Party As of November 5, 2012 After the 2012 Election
     Democratic Party 58 55
     Republican Party 41 45
     Vacancy 1 0
Total 100 100
See also: Kentucky 2012 ballot measures
Type Title Subject Description Result
LRCA House Bill 1 Hunting Would protect the right of residents to hunt and fish in the state. Approveda

Eligibility to Vote


Primary election

See also: Voting in the 2012 primary elections

Kentucky was one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. Voters were required to register to vote in the primary by April 23, 2012, which was 29 days before the primary.[1] Voters had the opportunity to change their political party registration at any time on or before December 31st, 2011, to remain eligible to vote in the following political party primary election. (Information about registering to vote)

General election

See also: Voting in the 2012 general elections

The deadline to register to vote was 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 9.[2]

Note: Some states had a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election but because this could have fallen on a weekend and Columbus Day was on Monday, October 8th, some extended the deadline to October 9, 2012.

  • Voter ID info
  • Residency requirements: Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before election day.[2]
  • Same-day registration: None

Voting absentee

See also: Absentee Voting


A voter in Kentucky may cast an absentee ballot if he or she is one of the following:[3]

  • Uniformed-service or overseas voter
  • Student who temporarily resides outside the county
  • Voter who temporarily resides outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)
  • Voter who is incarcerated but has not been convicted
  • Voter whose employment takes you outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open
  • Voter of advanced age or who suffers from disability or illness
  • Voter who is a participant in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program[4]

—Kentucky State Board of Elections


To vote absentee, a request must be received at least seven days prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned by 6:00 p.m. on Election Day.[5]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Kentucky is one of 14 states that do not permit early voting in any form.

See also


  1. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Voter Information Guide," accessed April 25, 2012
  2. 2.0 2.1 Kentucky Elections, "Voter Information Guide" accessed May 7, 2012
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  4. Note: This text is quoted verbatim from the original source. Any inconsistencies are attributed to the original source.
  5. Kentucky State Board of Elections, "Absentee Voter Information," accessed December 19, 2013