Your Local Election Office will compare your signature on your voted ballot to state records. 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 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: