State of Kentucky Voting Requirements


U.S. Domestic Voters

Federal and State Elections

Kentucky State Primary Election held on Tue May 17, 2022



New Voter Registration

Tue Apr 19, 2022

Absentee Ballot Request

  • Online by Fri Apr 22, 2022
  • Received by Tue May 3, 2022

Absentee Ballot Return

Received by Tue May 17, 2022 6:00pm EDT

In-Person Absentee Voting

Deadline Dates Vary by Locality - Dates Vary by County. Contact Local Election Office.


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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Early Voting

Kentucky allows in-person, no-excuse early voting three days before Election Day (including Saturday). Registered voters can go to voting centers within their county regardless of their voting precinct. Voters can now also use an “on-line absentee ballot portal” 45 days before an election.

Absentee Voting

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

  • A covered voter under the Kentucky Uniform Military and Overseas Act, KRS 117A.010
  • Student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he is registered.
  • Person who is incarcerated and has been charged with a crime but has yet to be convicted.
  • Change of residence to new state where books are closed in election for President of the United States.
  • Voter who temporarily resides outside the state but who is still eligible to vote in the state.
  • Person whose employment location requires him to be absent from the county during all hours of all in-person voting days.
  • Person who is participant in the Office of the Secretary of State's address confidentiality program.
  • Person who due to age, disability or illness will be unable to go to the polls 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

Blank Ballot To Voter

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Voted-Absentee Ballot Return

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