Most voters must use the state's online portal to request an absentee ballot.
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Kentucky absentee ballot deadlines
- In Person: N/A
- By Mail: N/A
- Online: Received by 11:59 PM 14 days before Election Day.
- Voted ballots are due: Received by 6pm Election Day.
Kentucky absentee ballot rules
You may vote by absentee ballot by mail in Kentucky if:
- You are advanced in age, disabled, or ill on Election Day and during in-person absentee voting.
- 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 and all days in-person absentee voting is conducted.
- You are a program participant in the Department of State's Address Confidentiality Program.
All registered voters may vote by absentee ballot in person in Kentucky.
Kentucky absentee ballot directions
- Most eligible voters must use the state's online portal to request their absentee ballot.
- You may contact your Local Election Office to request your absentee ballot if you are one of the following:
- A disabled voter
- A qualifying military or overseas voter;
- A voter who does not have means of accessing the online portal; or
- A voter experiencing a medical emergency within 14 days of the election.
Tracking your ballotYou can track your ballot directly with your state.
Once you receive your ballot...
- Once you receive the ballot, carefully read and follow the instructions.
- Sign and date where indicated.
- Mail your voted ballot back to the address indicated on the return envelope.
- Double-check the deadlines and be sure to cast your voted ballot on time to be sure it is counted.