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Voting in the Commonwealth: A Guide to the 2023 Election in Kentucky


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Voting in the Commonwealth: A Guide to the 2023 Election in Kentucky

Voting in the 2023 Elections

The deadline to register to vote in Kentucky is October 10, 2023 by 4:00 p.m. local time.  

Register to vote onlineKentucky Online Voter Registration

You are eligible to vote in Kentucky if you meet the following requirements: 

  • Be a U.S. citizen and a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days before the election
  • Be at least 18 years old by the next General Election
  • Not be a convicted felon, or else have had your civil rights restored
  • Not have been adjudged mentally incompetent and had voting rights removed
  • Not claim the right to vote outside Kentucky

If you don't meet these requirements, learn how to register in your home state here: Register to Vote in Other States

If you're not sure if you're registered, you can confirm your Registration Status in Kentucky here or nationwide here.

Absentee Voting

Voters with a qualifying excuse for being unable to vote on Election Day (includes being absent from the county on Election day, illness, and disability) can vote in person early or by mail. Students who temporarily live outside of their home county may vote absentee

To vote by mail, request an absentee ballot starting September 23. The deadline to request an mail-in absentee ballot is October 24.You must have a qualifying excuse to vote by mail. Mail-in ballots must be received by 6:00 pm local time on Election Day, November 7

In-person, excused absentee voting will be available on the following days: October 25, 26, 27, 30,31, and November 1. This page will be updated with links to polling locations as soon as they are available.  

  • In Fayette County, you can vote absentee with an qualifying excuse at the Fayette County Clerk's Office, 162 E Main St, between 8:00 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. 


Early Voting

Voters who have not requested a mail-in absentee ballot may vote early in person for any reason on the following days: Thursday, November 2, Friday, November 3, and Saturday, November 4. Times and locations for early voting have not yet been announced, but this page will be updated when they are! 


Election Day

Polling places to be announced later. 

Voter ID: In Kentucky, all voters must produce identification at the polling place. More information on the types of identification that can be provided can be found at the following link: SB 2 FAQ.pdfYour University of Kentucky student identification card is a valid form of identification for voting.

Before submitting your ballot, use the non-partisan resources below to learn about the candidates running for office and the measures on the ballot. For each website, enter your address or select "Kentucky" to get relevant information for the Commonwealth. 

Candidate Information