About this state

Did you know that most of the country thinks that Kentucky bluegrass is blue? Well, you know that's not true but you know what can be? KENTUCKY ON THE ELECTORAL MAP! Put down that bourbon and saddle up, because we got the great "Democracy Derby" coming up this November. (The election, duh.) Here's everything you need to know so that you are prepped and ready for the race, fancy hat and all!


Key Dates

Oct 11

Voter Registration Deadline

Oct 20

Recommended Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

Oct 25

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline (online only)

Nov 3 – Nov 5

Early Voting

Nov 8

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline

Nov 8

Election Day

Kentucky Voter Guide

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

    Go to to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

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  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Then reward yourself with a cookie.

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  • Can I vote by mail?

    Sadly no, only certain voter are eligible to vote by mail, in this case called absentee voting. So, you know, make a plan. And if you need to vote absentee, go here to find out if you qualify and how to get one.

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  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! In Kentucky it's called (for some reason) in-person no-excuse absentee voting and it's available from November 3-5th.

  • Do I need an ID?

    Unless you're best friends with the election officer who can identify you personally, then yes, yes you do. A driver's license, social security card, Kentucky County ID card, a credit card, or any ID card with your picture and signature will work. Get the details from VoteRiders.

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  • How do I cast my ballot?

    If you are voting absentee/by mail, you can return your ballot by mail or in-person. For in-person voting, polling places will be open from 6am to 6pm on Election Day, and you can find the polling place closest to you here.

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Since 2020, it’s gotten easier to cast your ballot in Kentucky. Here are the changes you need to pay attention to:

When making a plan to vote…

  • All absentee voting requests should now be made online (except for overseas voters and those who want emergency absentee ballots).
  • Early voting is here! It’s now available from 6:00am to 8:00pm on the Thursday, Friday, and Saturday before an election.
  • In-person absentee voting (which is NOT the same as early voting because it requires an excuse and takes place before early voting – confusing, we know) is now available to more groups of people: those who will be absent from their county during early voting, surgery patients, those in military service during early voting, pregnant voters in their third trimester, voters who will work all of polling hours on Election Day, and election administration officials. (Phew.)
  • Disabled voters can now vote online.
  • Only relatives, housemates, and caregivers can return your ballot on your behalf.
  • Drop boxes are here to stay in Kentucky!

Moving forward…

  • Kentucky just passed a law that creates a ballot tracking system. TBD to see what that’ll look like, but it should make voting even easier going forward.


  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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