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Kentucky & Local Information: Government and Politics

This guide is intended to help you research Kentucky and other local issues by identifying appropriate paper, microform and Internet resources.

General Kentucky Government Sites

Kentucky Law

Voter Registration:

You can register online in a few easy steps by clicking the following link: Kentucky 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 here: Check Your Voter Registration Status

Update your registration with a new address or name, or to change your party affiliation: Kentucky Online Voter Registration


In Kentucky, registered voters may vote in person, either during the early voting period before election day or on election day. If you are unable to vote in person during this period, you can request an absentee ballot: Online Absentee Request

More information on voting as a college student in Kentucky.

To check your voter status and find your polling place, visit the Kentucky Voter Information Center

Voter ID: 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.


Kentucky Elections  (Kentucky Secretary of State's Website)

Political Parties

Executive Branch

Governor's Cabinet

The Governor's Executive Cabinet includes the appointed secretary of the Cabinet plus the secretaries of Kentucky's 11 other executive cabinets.  It is responsible for implementing the Governor’s policies and advising the Governor on policy matters affecting the Commonwealth.

Elected Officials:

Legislative Branch


Other Legislative sites:

Judicial Branch