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Kentucky absentee ballot guide

Last updated: June 25, 2020
  • In Kentucky, you can apply for an absentee ballot by-mail or in-person.

For the June 23, 2020 primary election, all voters may get an absentee ballot and vote by mail.

Absentee ballot deadlines

  • In-person: 7 days before Election Day
  • By-mail: Received 7 days before Election Day
  • Online: N/A
  • Voted absentee ballots are due: Received by Election Day

Who can vote by absentee ballot in Kentucky

For the June 23, 2020 primary election, all voters may get an absentee ballot and vote by mail. For this one election, you do not need an excuse to vote by mail.

For other elections, you may get an absentee ballot and vote by mail in Kentucky if:

  • you are advanced in age, disabled, or ill
  • you are a military personnel or their dependent, or an overseas citizen
  • you are a student who temporarily resides outside the county
  • you are a voter who temporarily resides outside of Kentucky and who maintains eligibility to vote in Kentucky, such as a “snowbird”
  • you are incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime
  • you are employed outside of the county all hours the polling place is open.

You can vote by absentee ballot in person in Kentucky if:

  • you will be out of the county on election day
  • you are advanced in age, disabled, or ill
  • you are a military personnel, their dependent, or an overseas citizen
  • you are a military personnel confined to base and learn of your confinement within seven days or less of an election
  • you are a student or resident who temporarily resides outside of the county
  • you are a voter or the spouse of a voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day
  • you are a pregnant woman in third trimester
  • you are a precinct election officer appointed to serve in precinct other than his own, an alternate precinct election officer, County Board of Elections members or staff, Deputy county clerk, or State Board of Elections staff

Apply by-mail or in-person

  1. Download and fill out the Kentucky absentee ballot application.
  2. Sign and date your form.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your completed form directly to your local election office. You should submit your form as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  4. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot by-mail is: Received 7 days before Election Day.
  5. The deadline to apply for an absentee ballot in-person is: 7 days before Election Day.

Your absentee ballot should arrive within a week of your application. If it doesn’t arrive, call your local election office and follow up.

Once your ballot arrives

  1. Once you receive your absentee ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Mail or hand-deliver your completed absentee ballot to your local elections office. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
  3. Your voted absentee ballot must be received by Election Day.

Confused? Need help?

Contact your local elections office if you have any questions about absentee ballots in Kentucky.