Primary Election Day is Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

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, May 17, 2022
  • Early in-person voting: May 12 – May 14
  • Return your mail-in absentee ballot: Ballots must be received by election officials by 6PM local time, Tuesday, May 17, 2022.
    • If you haven't already mailed your ballot, you should deliver it to a ballot dropbox so it is delivered on time. You cannot take a mail-in ballot to a polling place. Find a ballot drop box here.
    • Track your mail-in ballot here.

View a sample ballot and see where to vote in person

The deadline to register to vote in the 2022 primary has passed, but you can still go ahead and register so you'll be ready to vote in the general election this November! 

The deadline to request a mail-in absentee ballot has passed, but you can vote in-person on Election Day or vote early Thursday May 12 through Saturday May 14.

Judicial races will be on your ballot. Learn about the candidates in our first-ever judicial election guide here.


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

A.How to Vote

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Vote-by-mail 

Some Kentucky voters can vote-by-mail if you qualify for a mail-in absentee ballot. The deadline to request an absentee ballot for the May 17 primary election has passed. If you are voting by mail, be sure to carefully follow all instructions and sign the inner and outside envelopes.

Return your mail-in absentee ballot: Ballots must be received election officials by 6PM local time, Tuesday, May 17, 2022.

If you haven't already mailed your ballot, you should deliver it to a ballot dropbox so it is delivered on time. You cannot take a mail-in ballot to a polling place. Find a ballot drop box here.

Track your mail-in ballot here.

Important deadlines:

  • Return ballot by mail: Delivered by May 17, 6PM
  • Return ballot in person: Returned by May 17, 6PM

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. 


Early in-person voting

Early in-person voting is available from Thursday, May 12 – Saturday, May 14. Early voting is open during normal business hours. 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, May 17, 2022

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. In-Person Voting/ID Requirements

A.In-Person Voting/ID Requirements

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Vote in-person on Election Day or vote early.

  • Early in-person voting: Thursday, May 12, 2022 – Saturday, May 14, 2022 (Election Day)
  • 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.

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 will need to present one of these forms of ID:
    • Social Security card
    • any ID card with your name and photo
    • any food stamp ID card, electronic benefit transfer card, or SNAP card issued by Kentucky and showing your name
    • a credit or debit card with your name
    • any ID issued by a Kentucky county and approved by Kentucky's State Board of Elections

You can still vote if you don't have any of these forms of ID! You will be required to vote using a provisional ballot.

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

3. Know Your Rights/FAQ

A.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)