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Kentucky Voter Registration Information

Friday, December 9, 2011

Primary Election
May 22, 2012

Primary Election Voter Registration Deadline

April 23, 2012

General Election
November 6, 2012

General Election Voter Registration Deadline

October 9, 2012

Voter Registration and Eligibility
Must register to vote 29 days before the election.
Party affiliation can be changed at any time on or before December 31st to remain eligible to vote in the following primary election.


To register to vote in Kentucky, you must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Be a resident of Kentucky not less than 28 days before the election
  • Be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election
  • Not be a convicted felon (or have civil rights restored)
  • Not have been judged mentally incompetent in a court of law
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky
  • Minors 17 years of age who will become 18 by the November general election are eligible to vote in the prior May primary election only.


Can register to vote in person or obtain a mail-in application from:

  • County election office (contact information)
  • 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 public assistance 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

Obtain a voter registration application online here.


Who Can Absentee Vote in Kentucky?

In order to qualify for a mail-in absentee ballot, you must fulfill one of the below criteria:

  • Advanced age, Disability, or Illness
  • Military personnel, their Dependent, and Overseas Citizens Click here for details
  • Student who temporarily resides outside the county
  • Other voter who temporarily resides outside of Kentucky, such as a vacationer
  • Incarcerated but not yet convicted
  • Your employment takes you out of the county all hours the polling place is open
    The deadline for applying for a mail-in absentee ballot is seven days before an election.  The completed application must be received by the County Clerk by mail or in person by the seven day deadline.

A voting machine at the County Clerk's office is available 12 (or more) working days before the election for those voters who are qualified to vote by absentee ballot in the County Clerk's office. You must fulfill one of the below criteria in order to be eligible:

  • You will be out of the county on Election Day
  • Military personnel, their Dependents, and Overseas Citizens
  • Military personnel confined to base who learn of it within seven days or less of an election
  • Student or resident who temporarily reside outside of the county
  • Voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day, and the voter's spouse
  • You are a pregnant woman in your third trimester
  • Election Officials
    If you have a medical emergency, you or your spouse may apply for a medical emergency absentee ballot within 14 days or less of an election.

Additional Information for Overseas Voters

How Can I Acquire an Absentee Ballot?

Absentee ballots can only be obtained through the County Clerk’s office.

You may request an application for an absentee ballot through your county clerk's office in person, by phone, by mail or by fax. Also, the voter’s spouse, parent or child can request an application for a mail-in absentee ballot.

One may also vote on a voting machine in the County Clerk's office 12 or more days before the election, if he is going to be out of the county on Election Day and does not qualify for a paper absentee ballot.

How do I Return the Absentee Ballot and What is the Deadline?

The completed ballot must be mailed to the County Clerk's office. In order to be counted, the ballot must be received by the clerk no later than 6 p.m., local time, on Election Day.

Source of information:
State Board of Elections
140 Walnut Street
Frankfort, Kentucky 40601
Phone: 502-573-7100
Fax: 502-573-4369
TTY/TTD: 502-573-7100




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