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How to Register to Vote

Register Online

You’ll need your Kentucky driver’s license or personal ID card number, and your Social Security number to register online.

Register Online


Check if you’re registered to vote

vrsws.sos.ky.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Download and print the Kentucky state voter registration form.

Get the form


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be at least 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Check the box to indicate if you’re registering for the first time, or if you’re changing your name, address, or party

Steps 4–8 · Provide your Social Security number, date of birth, the county where you live, your work phone number, and your home phone number

Steps 9–10 · Provide your gender and name

Steps 11–12 · Provide your home address and your mailing address (if different from your home address)

Step 13 · Check a box to register with a political party, or check “Other” if you’re not affiliated with a party

Step 14 · Sign and date the form


3. Send the form.

Your completed form must be postmarked by Oct 11 and mailed to

State Board of Elections
140 Walnut Street
Frankfort, KY 40601

For faster processing, mail your form to your county clerk’s office


Check if you’re registered to vote

vrsws.sos.ky.gov

1. Get the voter registration form.

Get the voter registration form at your county clerk’s office


2. Fill out the form

Steps 1–2 · Check the boxes to indicate you’re a US citizen and will be at least 18 by Election Day, Nov 8

Step 3 · Check the box to indicate if you’re registering for the first time, or if you’re changing your name, address, or party

Steps 4–8 · Provide your Social Security number, date of birth, the county where you live, your work phone number, and your home phone number

Steps 9–10 · Provide your gender and name

Steps 11–12 · Provide your home address and your mailing address (if different from your home address)

Step 13 · Check a box to register with a political party, or check “Other” if you’re not affiliated with a party

Step 14 · Sign and date the form


3. Return the form.

Submit your form by Oct 11 to your county clerk’s office


Check if you’re registered to vote

vrsws.sos.ky.gov

Registration requirements

  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Kentucky address by Oct 11
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be a convicted felon (unless you have had your rights restored by an executive pardon)
  • Not currently be judged incompetent by a court
  • Not claim the right to vote in another state
Online
October 11

Mail
October 11

In Person
October 11

How to Vote

Vote early
Oct 21–Nov 7

If you’re eligible, you can vote before Election Day at your County Clerk’s office

Bring an accepted form of ID


Vote on Election Day
Nov 8

Polls are open from 6 AM–6 PM local time. If you’re in line at your polling location by 6 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted form of ID


Who can vote early

You must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’ll be out of your county on Election Day, Nov 8
  • You’re military personnel, their dependent, or a citizen who is overseas
  • You’re military personnel who will be confined to base on Election Day and you learned of that confinement on or after Nov 1
  • You’re a student who temporarily lives outside of your home county
  • You’re a voter or the spouse of a voter who has a scheduled surgery that will require hospitalization on Election Day
  • You’re a pregnant woman in your third trimester
  • You’re a precinct election officer appointed to serve in a precinct other than your own
  • You’re an alternate precinct officer
  • You’re a County Board of Elections member
  • You’re a County Board of Elections staffer
  • You’re a deputy county clerk
  • You’re a State Board of Elections staffer
Who can vote by mail

You must meet one of the following qualifications:

  • You’re advanced in age, disabled, or ill and unable to vote at the polls on Election Day
  • You’re military personnel, their dependents, or a citizen who is living overseas
  • You’re a student living outside of your county
  • You’re temporarily outside of Kentucky but still eligible to vote in Kentucky
  • You’re incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime
  • You’re employed outside of your county during all hours from 6 AM–6 PM on Election Day, Nov 8


1. Get the absentee ballot application

If you’re eligible, you can request an absentee ballot application by calling, faxing, emailing, mailing, or visiting your County Clerk’s office. The County clerk will mail you the absentee ballot application to fill out.


2. Fill out the form

Once you receive the application, follow the instructions to fill it out


3. Submit the form

Mail, fax, or scan and email your application so it’s received by your County Clerk’s office by mail or in person by Nov 1


4. Vote
  • Once you receive your ballot, follow the instructions to fill out the ballot and return envelope
  • Mail your completed absentee ballot so it’s received by your County Clerk’s office by 6 PM local time on Election Day, Nov 8
  • Check the status of your ballot through your county on elect.ky.gov
Absentee ballot received by
November 8

Vote early
Oct 21–Nov 7

If you’re eligible, you can vote before Election Day at your County Clerk’s office

Bring an accepted form of ID


Vote on Election Day
November 8

Polls are open from 6 AM–6 PM local time. If you’re in line at your polling location by 6 PM, you’re allowed to vote.

Bring an accepted form of ID

Voting requirements
  • Be a registered voter in Kentucky. Check if you’re registered to vote.
  • Be a US citizen
  • Live at a Kentucky address by Oct 11
  • Be 18 years old by Election Day, Nov 8
  • Not be a convicted felon (unless you’ve had your rights restored by an executive pardon)
  • Not currently be judged incompetent by a court

ID requirements

You must bring one of the following forms of ID to vote early or on Election Day:

  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • ID issued by the US government
  • ID issued by the Kentucky government with your picture and signature
  • Any ID with your picture and signature

Frequently Asked Questions

Not strictly, no. But your identity needs to verified by an elections officer. Kentucky requires that election officers confirm the identity of each voter by personal acquaintance or by some document, such as a driver۪s license, social security card, credit card, or other identification card with a picture and a signature. If you can’t provide sufficient proof of ID when you register, or if there’s a dispute about your qualification to vote, you must sign a written oath before your vote can be cast.
No. Kentucky won’t issue an absentee ballot to anyone whose identity can’t be verified. If you’ve received your absentee ballot, your identity has been verified and you are clear to vote.
You can apply for a emergency absentee ballot if you experience a medical emergency during the 14 days before the election. Your spouse can also apply for an emergency absentee ballot on your behalf. Contact your Kentucky County Clerk’s Office if you need an emergency absentee ballot.