Kentucky's primary election has been moved to June 23, 2020. 

All registered voters can request an mail-in absentee ballot for the primary election due to the pandemic. Limited in-person voting will also be available. 

All registered voters should receive a postcard from the State Board of Elections in the coming weeks with information about requesting a mail-in ballot, in-person voting options, and more. Voters must request a mail-in ballot and will not automatically receive one.

Open the menus below to learn more and get ready to vote.

1. Voter Checklist

Q.Voter Checklist
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Make sure you're ready for the June 23, 2020, primary election:

  • Register to vote, update your information, or verify your information.
  • Are you voting by mail?
    • Request a free mail-in absentee ballot by Monday, June 15, 2020, and make sure it is returned or postmarked by Tuesday, June 23, 2020.
  • Do you need to vote in person?
    • Know where you need to go.
    • Plan a time to vote.
    • Take an acceptable form of identification.
  • Know who is on the ballot and where the candidates stand on the issues.
  • Know your rights as a Kentucky voter.
  • Call a friend and make sure they have an Election Day plan.

2. Register to Vote, Update/Verify Your Registration

Q.Register to Vote, Update/Verify Your Registration
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You must register to vote to cast a ballot.

Registering to vote is free and you only need to do it once. If your address or name have changed, you must update your registration information. You can register to vote or update your information online or by completing a paper form. Due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, many county clerks have closed for in-person services. If you need a paper form, call your local county clerk. Find their contact information here.

Primary Election Deadlines:

  • Voter registration/updated information deadline: Tuesday, May 26, 2020
  • Early in-person voting: June 8, 2020–June 23, 2020
  • Last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot*: Tuesday, June 16, 2020
  • Election Day: Tuesday, June 23, 2020

November Election

  • Voter registration/updated information deadline: Monday, October 5, 2020
  • Election day: Tuesday, November 3, 2020

*All voters can vote-by-mail in the primary election due to the pandemic. All ballots must be postmarked by June 23, 2020.

Register to vote or Update/verify your info 

3. Request a Mail-In Absentee Ballot

Q.Request a Mail-In Absentee Ballot
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Voters must request a mail-in absentee ballot to vote-by-mail.

All registered voters should receive a postcard from the State Board of Elections with instructions on how to request a mail-in absentee ballot. All mail-in ballots will include free return postage. Voters will need to request a mail-in ballot through an online portal or by calling their local county clerk. We will update this page as more information is released.

Vote-By-Mail Deadlines:

  • Monday, June 15, 2020, 11:59pm local time: Last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot. (If you miss this deadline, you can contact your local county clerk to pick up a ballot.)
  • Tuesday, June 23, 2020: Mail-in ballots must be returned or postmarked by this date to be counted. Mail your ballot early if you can. Local drop off locations will be available for people who cannot return their ballot in the mail. 
  • Monday, June 29, 2020, 4:00pm local time: Voters must have any issues with their mail-in ballots resolved by this time (i.e. mismatched signature) to have their ballot counted. County clerks will contact voters with ballot issues.

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 rectify the issue.

4. In-Person Voting

Q.In-Person Voting
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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. In-person voting will be available for 14 days from Monday, June 8, 2020, through 6pm local time, June 23, 2020 (Election Day). In-person voting will not be available on Sunday, June 14, or Sunday, June 21, 2020.

If you are able to request and return a mail-in ballot, you should. Voting by mail will limit the spread of the novel coronavirus by limiting person-to-person contacts.

How to vote in-person:

Call you local county clerk to learn about the in-person voting options in your community. It is best if you can schedule a time to vote to limit the number of people in a polling place, but no person can be denied the opportunity to vote if they arrive without an appointment. Find your local clerk's contact information here

I.D. requirements:

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:

  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • County-issued identification card approved in writing by the State Board of Elections
  • U.S. government-issued identification card
  • Kentucky state government-issued identification card with picture
  • Credit card or another form of I.D. containing both picture and signature
  • No I.D. is required if you are known by the precinct worker

Please note: Identification rules have NOT changed since the last election. Senate Bill 2, the Mandatory Voter Photo I.D. Bill, is NOT scheduled to go into effect until after the June 23, 2020, primary election. 

5. 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:

  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • County-issued identification card approved in writing by the State Board of Elections
  • U.S. government-issued identification card
  • Kentucky state government-issued identification card with picture
  • Credit card or another form of I.D. containing both picture and signature
  • No I.D. is required if you are known by the precinct worker

Please note: Identification rules have NOT changed since the last election. Senate Bill 2, the Mandatory Voter Photo I.D. Bill, is NOT scheduled to go into effect until after the June 23, 2020, primary election.