The Voter Registration Department performs a wide variety of duties related to the election process. We are responsible for registering voters, keeping the voter registrations up-to-date, providing voting locations, recruiting poll workers for Election Day, maintaining and securing the voting machines, and providing election results once the election process is complete.
Our goal is to always provide accurate up-to-date information to voters as well as potential candidates who wish to run for office.
If you would like to view what your ballot will look like for the upcoming election please visit the Secretary of State’s website and view the Sample Ballots. Here you can not only find your personal ballot but a copy of each ballot in the entire state of Kentucky. Please use the additional links below to answer your election-related questions.
Voter Registration Information
Last day to register for General Election: April 17, 2023 (In-person by 4:00pm or postmarked by April 17th)
Residents may register to vote if they meet the following requirements:
– You must be a U. S. citizen and a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days.
– You must be 18 years of age by the date of the next General Election which is held on the first Tuesday following the first Monday in November.
– You are eligible to register and vote in the May primary election if you will be 18 before the General Election, but not eligible to vote in
– You cannot be a convicted felon. If you have been convicted of a felony, you must have your civil rights restored before registering.
– You must not have been judged mentally incompetent in a court of law.
– You must not claim the right to vote outside the State of Kentucky.
If you meet the above requirements, you may register to vote by completing a voter registration card and submitting it to the County Clerk’s Office. You may contact the Clerks’ Office and have a card mailed to you or you may download a copy from the State Board of Elections website.
Each voter must designate a party affiliation in order to register to vote. Party designations accepted in Kentucky are Democrat, Republican or Other. Since Kentucky conducts Closed Party Primaries, you must be registered as a Democrat or Republican to vote in that party’s Primary Election. If you are registered as “Other”, you are eligible to vote for only nonpartisan offices (Judicial, City Commission, School Board) in any Primary Election. You may vote for any candidate in all General Elections.
Note: You may change your political party affiliation at any time after the May Primary but before December 31st to remain eligible to vote in the following Primary Election.
Other places where voter related cards or forms are available are:
– Circuit Clerk’s Office (Drivers Licensing) -When applying for or renewing a driver’s license, these actions will generate cards or applications that update a voter’s registration.
– KTAP (Kentucky Transitional Assistance Program), Food Stamps, WIC, Medicaid recipients through these agencies.
– Armed Forces Recruitment Offices, if you are a prospective member of Armed Forces.
– High School students may register at school.
– Federal mail-in registration form.
Voter registration or changes must be made no later than 28 days prior to each election.
After your registration is processed, you will receive a notification listing your address and the location of your polling place.
There are four ways for Kentucky voters to cast their ballot:
Mail-In Absentee Ballot –
Saturday, April 1st – Online mail-in absentee request portal to open
(45 days before the election).
Tuesday, May 2nd – online mail-in absentee request portal to close
(14 days before the election) at 11:59PM
Ballots for the May 2023 Primary may be returned by mail, or to the secure drop box located inside the Monroe County Clerk’s Office during normal business hours of 8:00 am-4:00 pm, Monday-Friday. Ballots must be received in the clerk’s office by May 16th at 6:00pm.
In-Person Excuse Absentee – May 3rd, 4th, 5th and May 8th, 9th and 10th, 2023
In-Person No-Excuse Absentee – May 11th, 12th and 13th, 2023
Election Day – May 16th, 2023
To register to vote go to elect.ky.gov
Military or Overseas Voters
The Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) created special provisions for absent uniformed services and overseas citizens to vote by mail in Primary, General, and Special elections for Federal Offices; and to allow these individuals to use a Federal write-in absentee ballot (FWAB) in the General Election for Federal Offices.
To learn if you qualify and more please visit: elect.ky.gov
Absentee & Early Voting Information
Ballots may be requested by:
govote.ky.gov or calling the Clerk’s Office at (270) 487-5471. Ballots may be returned by mail or brought to the Clerk’s Office and placed in the drop box located inside the Clerk’s Office.
In-Person Excused Absentee Voting May 3rd – May 10th 8:00am—4:00pm in the Clerk’s Office
Eligibility Requirements for Excused Voting are:
•Student who resides temporarily outside of his/her county
• Voter or voters spouse who has surgery/hospitalization scheduled during Early Voting & Election Day
• Member of the armed forces or dependent
• KY Voter who is a uniformed service voter confined to a military base
• In last trimester of pregnancy
• Voter who temporarily resides outside the state but is still eligible to vote in KY
• Age, Disability or Illness
• Voter who is employed and scheduled to work/commute during all no excuse voting.
3 Day Early Voting
Can be done at County Clerk’s office
May 11th 8:00am-4:00pm
May 12th 8:00am-4:00pm
May 13th 8:00am-4:00pm
Election Day November 8th 6:00am-6:00pm