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Request your Kentucky vote by mail ballot (also called an absentee ballot)




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Kentucky vote by mail guide

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Kentucky vote by mail deadlines

  • Earliest day to apply: January 1, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (online): Received by October 9, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (by mail): Received by October 9, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 9, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 3, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by November 3, 2020

Kentucky vote by mail overview

Voting by mail is not as complicated as you might think. There are only a handful of steps:

  • Request your mail-in ballot by the deadline.
  • Receive your mail-in ballot via USPS.
  • Return your mail-in ballot by the deadline.

Kentucky vote by mail rules

  • You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in Kentucky, but 100% of registered 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 vote by mail ballot application.

Kentucky vote by mail ID requirements (request)

  • Online applications: you must provide the last 4 digits of your social security number.
  • Paper applications: you must include a photocopy of a government issued ID, such as a Kentucky driver's license. If you don't have a government issued ID, you can indicate this and provide a photocopy of a document that shows your name and address, such as a recent utility bill, bank statement, paycheck, or any government document that shows your name and home address.

Kentucky vote by mail ID requirements (return)

Your signature on the return envelope will be compared to the signature on your voter registration card to ensure they match. If you forget to sign the return envelope, your ballot might be rejected.


Kentucky vote by mail directions

In almost all cases, you will need to sign up to vote by mail. The state won’t just mail you a ballot. Don't worry: we will walk you through it. There are only a handful of steps:

  1. You submit an application to vote by mail.
  2. Your Local Election Office processes your application.
  3. Your Local Election Office sends your ballot to you.
  4. You vote using the ballot and return it by the deadline.

Request your mail-in ballot online (recommended)

  1. Visit the Kentucky vote by mail website.
  2. Fill out all of the required information.
  3. Hit save or submit when you are done.
  4. The deadline to apply online is: received by October 9, 2020.

Request your mail-in ballot via USPS

  1. Visit the Kentucky vote by mail website.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Print the application.
  4. Sign and date your application. This is very important.
  5. Mail or hand-deliver your completed application directly to your Local Election Office as soon as possible, but no later than the deadline.
  6. If it’s close to the deadline, call your Local Election Office and see if they will let you submit your application via email or fax.
  7. The deadline to apply by mail is: received by October 9, 2020.

Request your mail-in ballot in person

  1. Visit your Local Election Office.
  2. Ask the clerk to give you an absentee ballot application.
  3. Fill out all of the required fields.
  4. Sign and date your application.
  5. The deadline to apply in person is: received by October 9, 2020.

Receive and return your mail-in ballot

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions, and fill out all required fields.
  2. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  3. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to a state-provided dropbox. Please check with your Local Election Office if your county has a dropbox. You can use our Find Out Where To Vote tool to find an official dropbox.
  4. If you mail your ballot, it must be postmarked by November 3, 2020.
  5. If you hand-deliver your ballot, it must be received by November 3, 2020.
  6. If you miss the deadline – or forget to sign the outside envelope – your vote will not be counted.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your Local Election Office if you have any questions about voting by mail in Kentucky.

Statewide election office

State Board of Elections
140 Walnut Street
Frankfort, KY 40601‐3240