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Kentucky vote by mail guide

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 27, 2020
  • Request your mail-in ballot (in person): Received by October 27, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (by mail): Postmarked by November 3, 2020
  • Return your mail-in ballot (in person): N/A

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, all counties will have absentee ballot drop off boxes.
  • 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 a voter does not have valid ID, they may sign a form saying they could not get an acceptable ID due to one of the reasons listed on the form, such as --- work schedule or afraid of exposing themselves to COVID-19. The voter must include a document showing their 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.

How to vote by mail

  1. Carefully read and follow the instructions.
  2. Fill out all of the required fields.
  3. Sign and date the outside envelope.
  4. Mail or hand-deliver your ballot to your Local Election Office. You can also hand-deliver your ballot to a state-provided dropbox.
  5. Your ballot must be received by the deadline or it will not be counted.

Two important things to note:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

Questions? Need help?

Contact your local elections 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