Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020. Kentucky offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who will be unable to vote in person. All other voters are expected to vote in person. Kentucky offers early voting.

Vote in person

Vote on Election Day

Voters registered in Kentucky can look up where to vote on Kentucky’s site.

Vote early

Kentucky voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Tuesday, October 13, 2020 to Monday, November 2, 2020, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.

What to bring

  • You will need to show photo ID, or be known personally by a precinct election officer, to vote in Kentucky. Acceptable forms include: driver’s license; military ID; college ID; Kentucky government ID. If you don’t have a photo ID, you may obtain a free photo ID card at your circuit clerk’s office or one of the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet’s regional offices.
  • If you cannot obtain a photo ID you may sign a “Reasonable Impediment Declaration” and present one of the following non-photo IDs: Social Security Card; any ID issued by a county in KY that’s been approved by the State Board of Elections and shows your name); any ID card with both the voter’s photograph and name; any food stamp ID card, electronic benefit transfer card, or supplemental nutrition assistance card issued by KY that shows voter’s name; or a credit or debit card that shows your name.
  • Voters without ID: If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before Election Day in Kentucky. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the “Dates and deadlines” section.

To register in Kentucky you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Kentucky
  • be a resident of the county for at least 28 days prior to the election date
  • be 18 years of age on or before the next general election
  • not be a convicted felon or if you have been convicted of a felony, your civil rights must have been restored by executive pardon
  • not have been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of law
  • not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky
  • *find more information on voting rights restoration here

Vote by mail

  1. Review the absentee ballot application and confirm that you meet the eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is (received by) Friday, October 9, 2020.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.