Teresa M. Sheffield
Registering to vote is easy and convenient! The following requirements must be met in order to register:
- You must be a U.S. Citizen and a Kentucky
- resident for a minimum of 28 days.
- You must be 18 years of age by the date of the next general election (usually the first Tuesday in November). You are eligible to vote in the May primary election if you will be 18 by the November general election.
- You must have not been convicted of a felony. If you have been convicted of a felony, your civil rights must have been restored in order to be eligible to vote.
- You must not have been judged mentally incompetent in a court of law.
- You must not claim the right to vote anywhere outside of Kentucky.
If you are able to meet the above requirements, you may register to vote by completing a voter registration card and submitting it to the County Clerk’s office. If you prefer, A FORM CAN BE MAILED TO YOU (by requesting it), you can download a form from this web site, or you may pick up a form at the County Clerk’s office.
In order to vote, you must have completed a voter registration card and be registered at least 28 days prior to an election. You may register through the following sources:
- County Clerk’s office
- Circuit Clerk’s office (Driver’s License office)- if you are applying for or renewing your driver’s license.
- AFDC, Food Stamp, Medicaid, WIC and state funded offices serving those with disabilities, if you are a client of these Public Assistance offices.
- Armed Forces Recruitment offices, if you are a prospective member of the armed forces.
- High School students may register at school.
Kentucky recognizes three political distinctions and you must choose a political party when registering to vote. These parties are: Democrat Party, Republican Party, and Other (designate political organization)*. Because Kentucky has closed party primary elections, you must register as a DEMOCRAT or REPUBLICAN to be eligible to vote in that party’s May primary election. If you register as OTHER, you will not be eligible to vote in the Democrat or Republican party primaries but you may vote for all nonpartisan offices, such as judicial, school board and urban county council primaries. All eligible voters can vote in the November general election.
After your registration has been processed, you will be sent a notification of your polling place (precinct name and voting location). On election day, the polls are open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., local time. You are eligible to vote as long as you are in line by 6 p.m.
NOTE: To insure your eligibility to vote, be sure to notify the County Clerk’s office whenever you change your name or address. All changes must be made no later than 28 days prior to an election. If you are unable to vote on election day, absentee ballots may be requested from the County Clerk’s office.
You may obtain a paper absentee ballot if you are unable to get to the polls on election day, and you meet any one of the following requirements:
- due to advanced age, disability, illness or medical emergency
- you are a member of the Armed forces
- you are the dependent of a member of the Armed forces
- you are a U. S. citizen residing overseas
- you are a student attending school outside the county of your voter registration
- you temporarily reside outside the state but are still eligible to vote in Kentucky
- you are incarcerated in jail and have been charged but not convicted of a crime
The deadline for applying for a paper absentee ballot is 7 days before an election. You may apply for a paper absentee ballot due to a medical emergency up to the day of the election. You may request an application in person, by mail, by phone, or by fax.
If you are going to be out of the county on election day and you do not qualify for a paper absentee ballot (as listed above), you may vote in the County Clerk’s office any of the 21 business days preceding the election.