Kentucky voter registration guide
Kentucky voter registration deadlines
- Register to vote (online): 29 days before Election Day
- Register to vote (by mail): Received by 29 days before Election Day
- Register to vote (in person): 29 days before Election Day
Check your Kentucky voter registration status
- If you can't remember if you're registered to vote, or you want to make sure your information is correct, you can check your Kentucky registration using the Kentucky voter registration lookup site.
- If you're not registered to vote, or you need to update your voter registration information, follow the instructions below.
Kentucky voter registration rules
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 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.
How to register to vote online in Kentucky
You can register to vote online if you have your Social Security Number.
- Visit the Kentucky online voter registration site.
- Fill out all the required fields.
- You will be registered to vote as soon as you finish the workflow.
- You should receive your voter registration card in the mail within 2-3 weeks. If not, you might want to follow up with your local election office.
- The deadline to register to vote online is 29 days before Election Day.
How to register to vote by-mail in Kentucky
- Download and fill out the National Voter Registration Form.
- Box 6 - ID Number: Your full social security number is required. It is used for administrative purposes only and is not released to the public. No person shall be denied the right to register because of failure to include social security number.
- Box 7 - Choice of Party: You must register with a party if you want to take part in that party’s primary election, caucus, or convention.
- Box 8 - Race or Ethnic Group: Leave blank.
- Print, date, and sign the form. If you do not have a printer, you can print the form out at any local library. If you do not have a stamp, you can buy one from any grocery store: just ask the cashier to sell you one.
- Mail your voter registration form to the mailing address below. For faster delivery, send the form directly to your local election office.
- Your voter registration form must be received by 29 days before Election Day.
How to register to vote in-person in Kentucky
- Contact your local election office to find where to register to vote in person.
- Bring your Kentucky driver's license or state ID card with you. If you don't have one, bring ONE photo ID that shows your name, and ONE document that shows your name and Kentucky address. Acceptable documents include a utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, residential lease, or any government document that shows your name and address.
Same day voter registration in Kentucky
Registering to vote in Kentucky with a felony conviction
Voting rights are automatically restored for non-violent offense after parole, probation, and the payment of all fees. Voting rights are not automatically restored for violent offenses, human trafficking, treason, election-related bribery, or for felony convictions in another state or in the federal system.
- You cannot vote while incarcerated.
- You cannot vote while on parole.
- You cannot vote while on probation.
- You can vote upon completion of your sentence.
- Financial obligations:
- parole fees
- probation fees
- court fees
- restitution fees
- Please visit Restore Your Vote for additional information.
Local election office
Contact your local election office if you have questions.
Statewide election office
This is the statewide agency that is ultimately responsible for Kentucky elections. You can contact them with questions, but your local election office will probably respond faster.
State Board of Elections 140 Walnut Street Frankfort, KY 40601‐3240