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 maintain 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 maintain 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 is one of 21 states to use a strictly closed primary system. Voters must have registered 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 is 28 days prior to the election day, which in 2012 was October 9.[2]

Note: Some states have a voter registration deadline 30 days prior to the election, but because this may fall on a weekend and Columbus Day is on Monday, October 8th, have 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


You are eligible to vote absentee in an election if you cannot make it to the polls on election day for one of the following reasons:[3]

  • you are advanced in age, disabled, or ill;
  • you are in the military, the dependent of military personnel, or an overseas citizen;
  • you are a student who temporarily resides outside the county;
  • you are a voter who temporarily resides outside of Kentucky and who maintains eligibility to vote in Kentucky (such as a vacationer);
  • you are incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime; or
  • you are employed outside of the county all hours the polling place is open.


To vote absentee a request must be received at least seven days prior to the election. The ballot must then be returned by 6 p.m. on election day.[3]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Voting early

See also: Early voting

Kentucky allows early voting for absentee voters. Early voting begins 12 work days prior to the election and ends on election day.[4] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

To vote absentee you need to provide an excuse for why you will be unable to vote at the polls during normal voting hours. The following are valid reasons:[4]

  • You will be out of the county on election day;
  • You are Military, their Dependents, or an Overseas Citizen;
  • You are Military personnel confined to base and learn of your confinement within seven days or less of an election;
  • You are a Student who resides outside the county or a resident who temporarily resides outside of the state, and will not be in the county on Election Day;
  • You are a voter or the spouse of a voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day;
  • You are a pregnant woman in your third trimester.
  • You are a Precinct election officer appointed to serve in precinct other than his own
  • You are a Alternate precinct officer
  • You are a County Board of Elections’ members
  • You are a County Board of Elections’ staff member
  • You are a Deputy county clerk
  • You are a State Board of Elections’ staff member

See also