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Kentucky

Population

4,467,673

Voting-Age Pop.

3,338,198

Last Presidential Election (2016)
Clinton 33 %
Trump 62 %
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Important Dates

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Election Date

Nov 3, 2020

Registration Deadline

Oct 5, 2020

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USPS recommends mailing your ballot no later than October 27.

Source: USPS.com


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  • Online Registration

    Yes
  • Early Voting
    Yes
  • Same-Day Registration
    No
  • ID Required
    Yes


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Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Kentuckians concerned with contracting or spreading Covid-19 can request a ballot by mail.

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Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot? Chevron Icon

  • No, residents of Kentucky must register for an absentee ballot by mail for the general election.

Mail Outline Icon Is this state automatically sending an absentee or mail-in ballot?

No, residents of Kentucky must register for an absentee ballot by mail for the general election.

Request a ballot by mail by: Oct 9 Chevron Icon

  • Ballots can be requested through the portal through Oct 9, and through traditional means after.

Request a ballot by mail by: Oct 9

Ballots can be requested through the portal through Oct 9, and through traditional means after.

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  • Sept 17: Last day for county clerks to transmit absentee ballots to voters who request them prior to the printing of the ballots.

When will I receive my ballot?

Sept 17: Last day for county clerks to transmit absentee ballots to voters who request them prior to the printing of the ballots.

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  • Mail ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov 3, and received by Nov 6.

Mail Send Icon Return ballot: Postmarked by Nov 3; Received by Nov 6

Mail ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov 3, and received by Nov 6.

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  • Kentuckians concerned with contracting or spreading Covid-19 can request a ballot by mail.

Excuse Icon Excuse required, Covid-19 excuse permitted

Kentuckians concerned with contracting or spreading Covid-19 can request a ballot by mail.


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Early Voting

Can you vote early in this state?

Yes

Beginning Oct 13: Every weekday until Election Day, and every Saturday for at least four hours, every county clerk will provide a location for safe in-person voting.


Same-Day Registration

Can you register on Election Day?

No

Kentucky voters need to register to vote at least 29 days before the election.


Voter ID Requirements

Is an ID required to vote?

Yes

All voters must produce identification or be known by a precinct officer prior to voting.



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Acceptable Forms of Identification

Make sure you're ready on Election Day with the appropriate forms of identification. Acceptable forms of ID are listed here.

Data source - elect.ky.gov

Acceptable Forms of ID

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  • Social Security Card

  • US Government-issued Identification Card

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  • Driver's License

  • Kentucky State Government-issued Identification Card

    With picture

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  • County Issued Identification Card

    Approved in writing by the State Board of Elections

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  • Personal Acquaintance of Precinct Officer

  • Credit Card

  • Another Form of ID

    Containing both picture and signature


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Covid-19 Voting

Voting resources regarding Covid-19 are developing.

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