With the election coming close, many already decided citizens are just waiting for their opportunity to vote. Fortunately, 40 states (plus District of Columbia) allow some form of voting before the election on November 3rd.

Each state has its own rules, deadlines and terminology for voting before the general election. Some call it "early voting" or "in-person absentee". Others are mailing out ballots in advance which you can mail back or drop off in secure boxes or at county offices. Some states conclude early voting several days before the election.

This site attempts to make finding the details for your state's early voting rules convenient and accurate. Get your vote in early and relax.

Early voting has started in Kentucky!

You have until November 2, 2020 to vote before election day.

Can you early vote in person?

Yes! Kentucky has both early in-person voting and absentee voting.

  • When it comes to early in-person voting, anyone can vote early for any reason. Rules as to when early in-person voting begins vary by county, so for the last word on when it begins near you, check the official county-by-county data here.

  • Beginning Oct. 13, three weeks before the election, every work day between Oct. 13 and Election Day, and every Saturday for at least four hours, every county clerk will provide a location for safe in-person voting.

    • Kentucky's election calendar shows that this begins on Oct. 16th, but their website says this begins as early as Oct. 13th as shown above. You may want to contact your county office for specifics.

Can you early vote by mail?

  • You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in Kentucky, but 100% of voters can use COVID-19 as an excuse.
  • If you are requesting a ballot due to COVID-19 concerns, you must use the "Not able to appear at the polls on election day on account of age, disability or illness" excuse on the absentee ballot application.
  • For the November 3, 2020 election, counties may have absentee ballot drop off boxes. Please check with your local election official to confirm if your county will have a dropbox.
  • Kentucky voters can request a mail-in ballot online as of August 2020.
  • All voters may vote early without an excuse.

What about on election day?

Polling place lookup

Find your polling place on this website.

ID requirements

Kentucky voters must provide their full social security number with their voter registration application.

How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

To register in Kentucky you must:

  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Kentucky for at least 28 days before Election Day
  • be at least 18 years old by Election Day. If you are 17, you may vote in a primary if you will turn 18 by the general election
  • not have been judged mentally incompetent in a court of law
  • not claim the right to vote anywhere outside Kentucky
  • if you have been convicted of a felony, you may be able to register to vote. More information can be found here https://campaignlegal.org/restoreyourvote

Can I register online?

Kentucky voters must include their full social security number and either their Kentucky driver's license number or state ID number with their online voter registration application.

Register to vote online here

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