Who can register
To register you must:
be a U.S. Citizen and
a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days
be at least 18 years
old by the date of the next general election (if you will be 18 by
the November general election, you are eligible to vote in the
prior May primary election)
not be a convicted
felon or, if convicted of a felony offense, you must have had your
civil rights restored. Contact your local parole office to obtain
an application for restoration of civil rights
not have been judged
"mentally incompetent" in a court of law and have voting rights
not claim the right to
vote anywhere outside Kentucky
Where do I
register to vote?
You can register at one
of the following locations:
County clerk's office
office, if you are applying for or renewing your driver's license
WIC, and state-funded
offices serving those with disabilities, if you are a client of
recruitment offices, if you are a prospective member of the armed
High schools, if you
are a student or staff member
Kentucky mail - in Voter Registration Card
The completed voter
registration card must be mailed or returned at least 28 days prior
to the election.
Must I choose a
party when I register?
Kentucky has closed
party primary elections.You must register as a Democrat or
Republican to vote in that party's May primary election. If you
choose a different party registration other than Democrat or
Republican, you cannot vote in their respective primaries, but may
vote in nonpartisan city and judicial primaries.
All eligible voters
can vote in the November general election or special election.
May I change my
political party affiliation?
You may change
your political party affiliation at any time on or before
December 31 to remain eligible to vote in the following primary
election. You simply need to fill out a new voter registration card
and return it to your county clerk by the December 31 deadline.
eligible to vote in an election if I move?
To be eligible to
vote refer to the appropriate situation below:
You move within the
county. Notify the county clerk of your new address or update
your driver's license. The county clerk will tell you the location
of your new voting precinct. If you do not do this before election
day, you must go to the voting precinct of your new address to
vote and update your voter registration address.
You move outside
the county more than 28 days before election day: Update your
voter registration address with the new county clerk or renew your
driver's license in the new county at least 29 days before the
election. If you do not notify the county clerk in either your old
county or your new county of residence 29 days prior to an
election, you are not eligible to vote in either county.
You move outside
the county less than 28 days before the election: You may vote
in your previous county of residence for this election, but must
register to vote in your new county of residence for future
reside outside of Kentucky, but are eligible to vote in Kentucky.
You may vote by absentee ballot. Please see section regarding
Is it necessary
for me to notify the county clerk when I change my name?
Yes, it is very
important that the county clerk has the most up-to-date information
on you as possible. There are three ways for you to update your
voter registration when you change your name: renew or update your
driver's license; notify the county clerk by writing or visiting
their office; or by filling out a new voter registration card.
All voters must produce identification or be
known by a precinct officer prior to voting. KRS117.227 and 31 KAR
4:010 provide the types of ID that can be used by the voter such as:
Personal acquaintance of precinct officer, Driverís license, Social
Security card, credit card, or another form of ID containing both
picture and signature.