Make sure you're ready to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 5, 2019! Go through the Election Day Checklist below and make sure you are prepared.
Most common questions are addressed below. Find even more information at GoVoteKY.com.
ELECTION DAY CHECKLIST:
Know where you need to go to vote
Plan a time to vote (you are entitled to some time off work)
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 here
Call a friend and make sure they have an Election Day plan
Find your county clerk's contact information here
WHAT FORMS OF IDENTIFICATION ARE ACCEPTED?
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
WHEN CAN I VOTE?
Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. All people in line to vote by 6 p.m. are allowed to vote. Kentucky has two time zones, so make sure you know the local time at your polling place.
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.
WHAT IF I CAN'T VOTE ON ELECTION DAY?
You may be eligible to vote before Election Day at your county clerk's office or complete an absentee ballot to complete and return by mail. Contact your local county clerk to request an absentee voting application. Absentee voting is free.
WHO IS ON THE BALLOT?
Candidates for Kentucky governor and the state-wide constitutional offices will be on the ballot for all Kentucky voters. They include (in alphabetical order):
Governor / Lieutenant Governor
- Andy Beshear / Jacqueline Coleman
- Matthew G. Bevin / Ralph A. Alvarado
- John Hicks / Ann Cormican
- Daniel Cameron
- Gregory D. Stumbo
- Allison Ball
- Michael Bowman
Secretary of State
- Michael G. Adams
- Heather French Henry
Auditor of Public Accounts
- Sheri Donahue
- Mike Harmon
- Kyle Hugenberg
Commissioner of Agriculture
- Robert Haley Conway
- Josh Gilpin
- Ryan F. Quarles
View a sample ballot with state and local elections for your county here. This sample ballot only includes candidates on the ballot for your entire county. They do not include candidates that will be on the ballot for specific areas of your county (i.e. people running for a specific city council district). You can also view a sample ballot at your polling place before you vote.
IS ANYONE OFFERING RIDES TO THE POLLS?
Local bus systems in Lexington (Lextran) and Louisville (TARC) are offering free rides to the polls on Election Day. Call your county clerk to see who is offering rides in your community.
WHAT IF I SEE A PROBLEM ON ELECTION DAY?
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
- State Board of Elections - 1-800-246-1399
- Attorney General's Election Fraud Hotline - 1-800-328-8683
KNOW YOUR RIGHTS ON ELECTION DAY:
View a list of voters' rights in Kentucky on the Secretary of State's website here.
WHAT HAPPENED WITH THE LIST OF SO-CALLED "INACTIVE VOTERS"?
The State Board of Elections recently made a list of "inactive voters". A judge recently blocked the Board from using the list. Anyone on the list was always and still is eligible to vote, but now they won't have to jump through extra hoops to exercise their rights. Read more about it here.