Absentee Voting

The following are eligible to vote in Kentucky by absentee ballot:

  • Military personnel and civilians who are temporarily or permanently overseas
  • Military personnel who are stationed in the U.S. away from their hometown, their spouses and dependents             

 

The State Board of Elections partnered with the Overseas Vote Foundation have created an online wizard to make the voting process easier for all Kentucky voters in the military, their dependents, and overseas citizens. To visit the wizard, please click here.


 

Absentee Paper Ballots

If you meet any of the following requirements, you may request a paper absentee ballot be mailed to you:

  1. Any person due to age, disability, or illness who is unable to go to the polls on election day
  2. A student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he/she is registered. Must be mailed to out of county address
  3. Voter who temporarily resides outside the state, but who is still eligible to vote in this state. Must be mailed to out of state address
  4. Person who is incarcerated in jail, who has been charged with a crime but has yet to be convicted of the crime
  5. Person whose employment location requires him/her to be absent from the county all hours and all days that absentee voting by machine is conducted
  6. Military personal confined to a military base on election day

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.


Absentee Voting Machine

If you meet any of the following requirements, you may vote on the absentee voting machine in the county clerk’s office prior to election day:

  1. Voter who will be outside the county on election day
  2. Student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he/she is registered and will be out of county on election day
  3. Voter who is a member of the armed forces or a dependent of a member of the armed forces and will be out of county on election day
  4. Voter who is a member of the armed forces who will be confined to base within the county on election day and who learns of that confinement within 7 days or less of the election
  5. Voter who is a citizen residing overseas and will be out of county on election day
  6. Voter or spouse of voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on election day
  7. Precinct election office serving in a precinct other than that in which he/she is registered or an alternate precinct officer
  8. Member or any staff for the County Board of Elections; any deputy county clerk; and staff for the State Board of Elections
  9. A women in her last trimester of pregnancy