Kentucky

Step 1: Apply

Can I vote-by-mail in my state?


NEW! As of August 14, 2020: Kentucky usually requires an excuse to vote-by-mail, but concerns about Coronavirus count as a valid excuse in Kentucky for the November election. Follow the application steps below. Click here to register as a new voter or to check your existing registration. (It's always a good idea to double-check.) https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/VIC/




Are there any other restrictions or requirements to apply?


If you're a first time Kentucky voter who registered by mail and you didn't provide ID when you registered, you'll need to provide a copy of one of the following forms of ID along with your mail ballot:

  • A copy of a current photo ID showing your name and photograph
  • A copy of a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows your name and address (excluding a voter information card)




Who is allowed to vote-by-mail?


You may apply to vote absentee if:

  • you are advanced in age, disabled, or ill and will be unable to go to the polls on election day (use this selection for concerns over Coronavirus)
  • you are a military personnel or their dependent, or an overseas citizen
  • you are a student who temporarily resides outside the county
  • you are a voter who temporarily resides outside of Kentucky and who maintains eligibility to vote in Kentucky, such as a "snowbird"
  • you are incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime
  • you are employed outside of the county all hours the polling place is open
  • you are a program participant in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program




Application form link:


https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/abrweb/




Where should I send my completed application?


Voters can apply online or contact their local election office for a paper application. https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx




When is the application due?


Online applications must be received by October 9, 2020. In cases where a medical emergency arises after that date, contact your local election office. New voters must register by October 5, 2020.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx





Step 2: Vote-by-Mail

When do I have to mail or drop off my completed ballot?


Technically, ballots must be postmarked by Election Day (November 3, 2020) and received by November 6, 2020. To avoid delays within the election office and the postal service, we recommend you return your voted ballot as soon as it arrives and no later than the middle of October. You may also drop your ballot at your local election office. It's a good idea to call and check first. https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx




Does it require a stamp? Two?


Read the outside of the envelope to see if additional postage may be required. The US Postal service will deliver any ballot, regardless of whether or not it has the correct postage, or any at all. They will charge the local election office for any unpaid postage. https://time.com/4547550/absentee-mail-ballot-postage-stamp-postal-service-usps/




Can my ballot be dropped off at a polling site or dedicated drop box?


Drop boxes will be available for Kentuckians to return their mail ballots if they are concerned about postal delays. County clerks will determine these locations. https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx Only certain counties allow voters to drop absentee ballots at polling sites. It's a better idea to mail them or drop them at your county election office.




Is there any way to check if my ballot was received?


https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/vic/




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx





Early In-Person Voting

Does my state offer any in-person early voting days?


Counties must offer early voting October 13-17, October 19-24, October 26-31 and November 2, 2020.




I have a question that wasn't answered here.


Please call the county election office where you live. They are in charge of elections and should be able to help you. https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx




Link to information and locations:


Check with you local election office for locations in your area. https://elect.ky.gov/About-Us/Pages/County-Clerks.aspx





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