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This page has information relating to voting in Kentucky. For full information contact your state election agency.


Kentucky uses a closed primary system, meaning voters must register with a party to be able to vote in their primary election.

To vote in Kentucky, you must meet the following requirements:[1]

  • be a U.S. Citizen and a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before election day;
  • be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election (if you will be 18 by the November general election, you are eligible to vote in the prior May primary election);
  • not be a convicted felon or, if convicted of a felony offense, you must have had your civil rights restored. Contact your local parole office to obtain an application for restoration of civil rights;
  • not have been judged "mentally incompetent" in a court of law and have voting rights removed; and
  • not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky.

When and where

Registration must be 28 days prior to the election. Registration can be completed in in one of the following locations:[1]

  • County clerk's office
  • Driver's license office, if you are applying for or renewing your driver's license
  • K-TAP
  • Food Stamp
  • Medicaid
  • WIC, and state-funded offices serving those with disabilities, if you are a client of these offices
  • Armed forces recruitment offices, if you are a prospective member of the armed forces
  • High schools, if you are a student or staff member
  • Kentucky mail - in Voter Registration Card

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of March 2015, Kentucky is one of 30 states that have not implemented full online voter registration.

Voting on election day

Electors are required to produce identification, however the identification does not need to feature a photograph. Election officers can confirm identity either by personal acquaintance or via a document.[2]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Kentucky, all polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Central and Eastern Time. All those in line by 6:00 p.m. will be able to vote.[3]

Kentucky is split between Eastern and Central time zones.

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting


A voter in Kentucky may cast an absentee ballot if he or she is one of the following:[1]

  • 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.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

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

See also

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