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About this state

Did you know that most of the country thinks that Kentucky bluegrass is blue? Y'all know that's not true... but you know what can be? KENTUCKY ON THE ELECTORAL MAP! Put down that bourbon and saddle up, because we got the great "Democracy Derby" coming up this November. (The election, duh.) Here's everything you need to know so that you are prepped and ready for the race, fancy hat and all!


Do I have an election this year?

Yes! This year in your old Kentucky home you have statewide elections for governor and lieutenant governor, as well as local and even a few special state legislative elections. Plus, you have a primary coming up this May. What's the only thing better than voting once? Voting TWICE (in different elections, and completely legally, of course.)

Key Dates

Apr 17

Voter Registration Deadline

May 2

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Request Deadline

May 16

Absentee/Mail-in Ballot Return Deadline (received by 6 p.m.)

May 16

Primary Election Day

Kentucky Voter Guide

  • How do I make sure I'm registered to vote?

    Go to to check your registration or get registered. We're working with BallotReady to make this as easy as possible for you, so don't fuck it up.

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  • Can I register the same day I want to vote?

    Sadly, no. So do it now! Then reward yourself with a cookie.

  • Do I have to be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in my primary?

    Yes. Only registered members of a political party have the right to vote in that party's primary, and voters must be formally registered with that party prior to election day.

  • Can I vote by mail?

    You can only vote by mail (absentee) if you meet one of the eligibility requirements.

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  • Can I vote early?

    Yes! In Kentucky it's called (for some reason) in-person no-excuse absentee voting and the dates may vary by county, so contact your local election officials to double check!

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  • Do I need an ID?

    Unless you're best friends with the election officer who can identify you personally, then yes, yes you do. A driver's license, social security card, Kentucky County ID card, a credit card, or any ID card with your picture and signature will work. Get the details from VoteRiders.

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  • What if I'm voting on election day?

    Double check your polling location now!

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  • Find the details on accessible voting in your state, including early voting, Election Day voting, mail voting, and accessible mail voting tools for people with print disabilities.

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  • Get your absentee ballot here!

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  • Need to show Voter ID? Not sure what kind? Get the specifics in your state here.

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