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Voter Registration in Kentucky

Attention: Voter information and identification requirements may change prior to an election. Please check with the State Board of Election website to make sure you have the most current information.

Voter Registration in Kentucky

Voting is how we make sure our voices are heard during local, state, and federal elections—but you have to register first!

Voter Eligibility in Kentucky

You're eligible to vote in Kentucky if:

  • You're a U.S. citizen.
  • You have been a resident in Kentucky for at least 28 days.
  • You're at least 18 years old (or will be by the date of the next general election).
    • If you'll be 18 years old by the November general election date, you are eligible to vote in the May primary election.)
  • You have not been deemed mentally incompetent and had your voting rights revoked.

NOTE: You can't claim voting rights outside of Kentucky.

Felons and Voter Registration

If you've committed a felony, you can't vote unless your civil rights have been restored.

Visit the Kentucky Department of Corrections website and check the “Restoration of Civil Rights" section.

Registering to Vote in Kentucky

Online

All eliblie Kentucky voters can register to vote online. Be prepared to provide your Social Security number and date of birth.

By Mail or In Person

Register to vote by mail or in person using the Mail-In Voter Registration Card (Form SBE 01), which you can download and print, or pick up at your local county clerk's office.

Mail the registration application to the address listed on the form OR register in person at your:

  • County clerk's office.
  • Driver license issuance office.
  • Any government office that handles K-TAP, WIC, food stamps, Medicaid, or other state-funded offices for persons in need of these services.
  • Recruitment offices for the armed forces.
  • High school, if you're a student or staff member of the school.

You can check your voter registration status online using the state's Voter Information Center.

NOTE: Be prepared to show proof of identification when you vote. Examples include your driver's license or identification card. Without identification or personal affiliation with the polling officer, you must vote provisionally (see below).

Provisional Voting

Even if you've had some trouble with your voter registration or identification requirements, you may still be able to vote provisionally.

Examples of situations in which you'd be required to vote provisionally include:

  • You've registered to vote but your name doesn't show up on the roster.
  • You show up at the polls without proper identification and no personal acquaintance with the polling officer.
  • Your status has been challenged by all precinct election officers.

Talk with the election officers at your precinct's polling place to find out if provisional voting is an option for you.

Absentee Voter Registration

In Kentucky, you are eligible to be an absentee voter if you are:

  • Of advanced age.
  • Disabled.
  • Ill.
  • A student temporarily living in a different county.
  • Temporarily living outside of Kentucky but are still eligible to vote in Kentucky.
  • Employed in another county during all hours your polling place is open.
  • Military personnel.
  • A dependent of a member of the military.
  • An Overseas Citizen.

Non-military and overseas absentee voters can register to vote using any of the standard voter registration methods. Contact your county clerk office to request an absentee ballot.

Military and Overseas Voters

Military personnel, their dependents, and other overseas citizens can register to vote by completing a Federal Post Card Application (FPCA).

You can complete your FPCA using guides available to you:

Send your completed FPCA to your local county clerk by mail, fax, or e-mail.

Deadline to Register to Vote in KY

You must mail or return your voter registration application at least 29 days before the election.

Voter Name or Address Change

Update your name or address by completing a new Mail-In Voter Registration Card (Form SBE 01) and checking “Name Change," “Address Change," or both.

KY Voter Acknowledgment Cards

Once you're registered to vote, you'll receive a card that acknowledges your registration and provides your precinct location.

If the card doesn't arrive within 3 weeks, contact your local county clerk's office.

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