Election Day is Tuesday, November 3, 2020.

There are more ways than ever to vote. You can vote-by-mail, in-person before Election Day, or in-person on Election Day. Choose how you're going to vote, plan a time to vote, and know what you need.

Scroll down and expand the yellow menus below to learn more and get ready to vote.


Important dates and deadlines:

  • Election Day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020
  • Early in-person voting: October 13 – November 2
  • Return ballot by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 6PM
  • Return ballot in person: Returned by November 3, 6PM

Track the status of your mail-in absentee ballot

View a sample ballot and see where to vote in person

 


Questions or problems with registering, requesting a ballot, or voting?

Click-to-call the Election Protection Hotline 

(or dial 866-687-8683)

 

1. How to Vote

Q.How to Vote
A.

Vote-by-mail 

All Kentucky voters can vote-by-mail in November due to the pandemic. Call your local county clerk to request one now. If you are voting by mail, be sure to carefully follow all instructions and sign the inner and outside envelopes.

Important deadlines:

  • Return ballot by mail: Postmarked by November 3, 6PM
  • Return ballot in person: Returned by November 3, 6PM
  • Elections officials must count all ballots by Friday, November 6. Be sure you return your ballot as soon as possible in case there is a delay in delivery or other issue.

Signature Matching:

Voters will be required to sign their mail-in ballots. County clerks will match signatures to past signatures that they have on file (driver's license, voter registration form, etc.). If there is an issue with your signature, county clerks must make a reasonable effort to contact you to correct the issue. Be sure to answer calls from unknown numbers and check your mail in case they try to reach you.

Did you request a mail-in absentee ballot that never arrived?

You can still vote in person! Poll workers must let you vote in person and cast a regular ballot. You DO NOT have to submit a provisional ballot. If your absentee ballot arrives after you vote in person, you should destroy it. Make sure you take the proper identification to vote in person. Click on the "In-Person Voting" menu below to learn more. 

CALL YOUR COUNTY CLERK to request a ballot


Early in-person voting

Early in-person voting is available from October 13 – November 2. Early voting is open on weekdays during normal business hours and at least 4 hours on Saturdays. Some counties require appointments to vote early in-person. Call your local county clerk to find out. Open the ID requirements tab so you know what to take with you.

Call your clerk to vote early in-person


Voting in-person on Election Day, Tuesday, November 3

Voting on Election Day will be open from 6AM–6PM local time. Anyone in line by 6PM can vote. Appointments are not required to vote on Election Day and you cannot be turned away if you do not make an appointment. Open the ID requirements tab so you know what to take with you.

find out where to vote

 

Do you have questions or have you encountered a problem? Call 866-OUR-VOTE (or dial 866-687-8683)

2. Voter Checklist

Q.Voter Checklist
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Make sure you're ready to vote:

  • Are you voting by mail?
    • All mail-in absentee ballots must be postmarked or returned to a specific drop-off location by Tuesday, November 3, 2020. All ballots include free return postage. Call your local county clerk to find a drop off location near you.
    • If you completed and returned a mail-in absentee ballot, you cannot vote in person.
    • Did you request a mail-in absentee ballot that never arrived? You can still vote in person! Poll workers must let you vote in person and cast a regular ballot. You DO NOT have to submit a provisional ballot. If your absentee ballot arrives after you vote in person, you should destroy it. Make sure you take the proper identification to vote in person. Click on the "In-Person Voting" menu below to learn more. 
  • Do you need to vote in person? Visit GoVoteKY.com to find out where you need to go to vote in person. Appointments are not required to vote, but are encouraged.
    • Know where you need to go.
    • Plan a time to vote.
    • Take an acceptable form of identification.
    • Learn more about in-person voting in the expandable menu below.
  • Know who is on the ballot and where the candidates stand on the issues. View a sample ballot here.
  • Know your rights as a Kentucky voter.
  • Call a friend and make sure they have a plan to vote.

Do you have questions or have you encountered a problem? Call 866-OUR-VOTE (or dial 866-687-8683)

3. In-Person Voting/ID Requirements

Q.In-Person Voting/ID Requirements
A.

Limited in-person voting will be available.

County clerks will offer some in-person voting for those who cannot or do not want to utilize the free mail-in absentee ballot.

  • Early in-person voting: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 – November 3, 2020 (Election Day)
  • Early in-person voting will be available on weekdays during regular business hours and for 4 hours on Saturdays.
  • In-person voting on Election Day will be available from 6 AM to 6 PM local time. Anyone in line by 6 PM can vote.

How to vote in-person:

Call you local county clerk to learn about early in-person voting in your community. If you are voting early, it is best to schedule a time with your county clerk. You do not need an appointment to vote on Election Day and cannot be denied the opportunity to vote if you arrive without an appointment. Find your local clerk's contact information here

I.D. requirements:

Voting in person will require one of several forms of identification unless you are known by a worker at your polling place.

  • Acceptable forms of ID include:
    • Any ID with your name and photo issued by the state or federal government, military, or college/university 
    • Any ID issued by your county with your name and photo
    • No ID is required if you are known by the precinct worker
  • Don't have a photo ID? You can still vote! If you do not have a photo ID, you will be required to sign a form confirming your identity and explaining that you did not get an ID because your local county clerk's office was closed due to the pandemic, or you were concerned about exposing yourself to the coronavirus in order to obtain an ID.

Do you have questions or have you encountered a problem? Call 866-OUR-VOTE (or dial 866-687-8683)

4. Know Your Rights/FAQ

Q.Know Your Rights/FAQ
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Voting is a fundamental right. 

View a list of Kentucky voters' rights on the Secretary of State's website here


Is anyone offering rides to in-person voting locations?

Call your local county clerk to see if there are any transportation options in your community. Find their contact information here.

Can I take time off work to vote?

You are entitled to up to 4 consecutive hours of time off from work. You must request the time off at least one day in advance. Your employer may specify the hours you can take. Your employer is not allowed to penalize you for taking time to vote, but is not required to pay you for the time you take. Voting by mail may help your avoid this issue. All voters are allowed to vote with a free mail-in absentee ballot for the June 23, 2020, primary election.

What if I see a problem at a polling location?

If you believe you were denied the right to vote or witness any irregularities (i.e. eligible voters being turned away, inadequate number of voting machines, people campaigning for candidates at a polling place), please contact the following:

  • Call your local county clerk. Find their contact information here.
  • State Board of Elections - 1-800-246-1399
  • Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline - 1-800-328-8683

What forms of identification are required to vote in person?

Voting in person will require one a several forms of identification unless you are known by a worker at your polling place. Acceptable forms of I.D. include:

  • Acceptable forms of ID include:
    • Any ID with your name and photo issued by the state or federal government, military, or college/university 
    • Any ID issued by your county with your name and photo
    • No ID is required if you are known by the precinct worker
  • Don't have a photo ID? You can still vote! If you do not have a photo ID, you will be required to sign a form confirming your identity and explaining that you did not get an ID because your local county clerk's office was closed due to the pandemic, or you were concerned about exposing yourself to the coronavirus in order to obtain an ID.

Do you have questions or have you encountered a problem? Call 866-OUR-VOTE (or dial 866-687-8683)