State of Kentucky Voting Requirements


U.S. Domestic Voters


You can register to vote or update your registration information:

  • online
  • by mail
  • in person at your elections office

You must have resided in Kentucky at least 29 days prior to the election in which you intend to vote.

Election Day Voting

Polling places are open from 6am to 6pm on Election Day.

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Absentee Voting

You must meet one of the following conditions in order to request an absentee ballot:

  • Due to your advanced age, disability, illness or medical emergency
  • You are a member of the armed forces or the dependent of a member of the armed forces
  • You are military personnel confined to a military base on election day
  • You temporarily reside overseas but are still eligible to vote in Kentucky
  • You are a student attending school outside the county of your voter registration
  • You temporarily live outside the state but are still eligible to vote in Kentucky
  • You are incarcerated in jail and have been charged but not convicted of a felony
  • You work outside the county and are unable to either vote early in the county clerk's office or in your polling place on election day

You are eligible to vote in Kentucky if you:

  • Are a U.S citizen
  • Are a resident of Kentucky
  • Are at least 18 years old by Election Day
  • Live in the precinct where you vote for at least 10 days prior to the election

You are NOT eligible to vote in Kentucky if:

  • You have been legally declared "mentally incompetent" by a court
  • You are registered to vote in another state

Restorative Requirements

  • You are a convicted felon involving moral turpitude, unless your voting rights have been restored.

Student Eligibility

If you are a student, you are eligible to vote in Kentucky if:

  • You reside in Kentucky but are attending college in another state
  • You reside in another state but attend college in Kentucky
  • You provide a valid photo student ID from a college/university in Kentucky at the polls

Voter Registration

To register to vote in Kentucky you should provide:

  • Your Kentucky Driver's License or State ID Number (online applicants only)
  • Your Social Security Number

If you do not have one of these forms of ID and need help getting ID, go to

Voting In-Person

In Kentucky, you need to show a valid ID to vote. You can use any ID from this list:

  • Valid Kentucky Driver's License
  • Current and Valid Photo ID with Signature
  • Debit or Credit Card
  • Social Security Card
  • Personal Acquaintance/Known by Local Election Official

# First time voters who did not submit an ID when registering to vote will need to include an ID from the above list when submitting an absentee ballot request application.

If you do not have one of the Kentucky valid IDs and need help getting ID, go to

Domestic Voter

In-Person Mail Fax Email Online

Voter Registration

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Absentee Ballot Request

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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