Last updated: Sept. 7, 2020
More information on Kentucky voter eligibility from the Kentucky State Board of Elections
Note: requires entering Social Security # and date of birth.
Online registration (in English) is directly at: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/default
The voter registration card should be routed to the County Clerk in the county listed on the voter registration card [County where you live], NOT to the State Board of Elections.
Printable forms (in English)
Refer to the box below for information about ID requirements.
Choosing a political party
To update registration after a move, name change, or change of political party affiliation, use the Kentucky Voter Information Portal
If you did not select a political party, and wish to vote in a partisan primary, you must update your registration by December 31 of the year prior to the primary election.
To cancel your voter registration, contact the County Clerk’s office where you are registered to vote.
For online voter registration, one must enter Social Security # and date of birth.
An ID is not required for mail-in registration.
For the 2020 General Election:
Kentuckians who were unable to get a driver’s licenses or photo ID due to the pandemic because their clerk’s office was closed, or because they were afraid of exposing themselves to COVID-19, can sign a document explaining this concern and cast their ballot.
For the 2020 General Election - new -- "Kentuckians concerned with contracting or spreading COVID-19 can request a ballot by mail."
NOTE: below is out of date for the 2020 General Election.
In order to apply for and receive an absentee ballot, you must meet one of the following requirements: for mail-in absentee ballot: Prevented from voting in person at the polls on election day and from casting an in-person absentee ballot in the county clerks office on all days in-person absentee voting is conducted because of his or her employment location for in-person absentee ballot : [one of these requirements]
Many organizations offer free rides to polling places. Check your local newspaper or broadcast news station for these organizations.
Where to get more info on candidates - League of Women Voters; local newspapers (daily and weekly)
Offices/Measures That May Appear on the Ballot
|Federal (even years)||
President/Vice-President (elected every four years; next election in 2020)
Senator (elected every six years for staggered terms; next election in 2020)
Representative (elected every two years)
|State (even years for most)||
Governor/Lieutenant Governor, Secretary of State, State Treasurer, State Comptroller, Attorney General, (elected every four years; next election in 2021)
State Senator (elected every four years - odd-numbered yeaers)
State Representative (elected every two years)
Statewide ballot measures
|Municipal (odd years)||
School Board and other boards and commissions
Local ballot measures
As of Sept. 7, only one county's sample ballot is online.
Find your elected officials:
1-888-VE-Y-VOTA (en Español)
1-888-API-VOTE (Asian multilingual assistance)
Find useful voter information including:
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