Your local election office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license. If the signatures don't match, your ballot might be rejected. Please sign carefully.
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 rules
You must provide an excuse to vote by mail in Kentucky, but 100% of 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 absentee ballot application.
For the November 3, 2020 election, counties may have absentee ballot drop off boxes. Please check with your local election official to confirm if your county will have a dropbox.
Kentucky voters can request a mail-in ballot online as of August 2020.
All voters may vote early without an excuse.
Kentucky vote by mail ID requirements
To request a ballot ONLINE, you need the last 4 digits of your social security number. If you request a ballot by MAIL or IN PERSON, you must include a COPY of valid, government-issued photo ID --- such as a driver's license or non-driver ID. If you do not have valid ID, you may sign a form saying that you could not get a copy of your ID due to one of the reasons listed on the form, such as work schedule or afraid of exposing yourself to COVID-19. You must include a document showing your name with the form.
You do not need ID when you return a voted ballot.
Kentucky vote by mail directions
You will need to contact your local election office and ask for an absentee ballot application. These applications are not available online.
It's fastest to call or send an email. You can also visit the local election office in person and ask for an absentee ballot application.
Fill out the application completely and return it to your local election office by mail or in-person.
You can apply anytime during the calendar year, as long as your application is received before the deadline. We recommend applying at least 30 days before Election Day if possible.
Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.
Two important things to note:
The Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to the one on your driver’s license and on your voter registration form to make sure they match. So please sign carefully.
The post office will deliver your ballot even if you don’t have a stamp as long as you use the return envelope provided by your state. This envelope will say “official election mail.” The USPS will always deliver official election mail -- no stamp needed.