Kentucky Dates

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Kentucky Elections Schedule

Poll Hours: 6:00 AM-6:00 PM

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines
May 17, 2016 - State Primary Election and Presidential Primary - Democratic
Primary: Last day for county boards of elections to appoint precinct officers(March 20 each year).March 21, 2016
Primary: Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots for primary (50 days before primary).March 28, 2016
Primary: Last day for county clerks to mail absentee ballots to voters who request absentee ballots prior to the printing of the ballots. County clerk must mail to the voter (within 3 days of the receipt of the printed ballots.March 31, 2016
Return registration by Email or FaxApril 18, 2016
Primary: County clerks to test automatic tabulating equipment (not more than 30 nor less than 5 days prior to election day)April 18, 2016
Primary: Last day to register to vote for the primary.April 18, 2016
Primary: Last day for county board of elections to publish notice of time when the absentee voting machines are to be examined by the board (not less than 24 hours before examination). April 25, 2016
Primary: Voter may make application to vote absentee in county clerk’s office at least 12 working days preceding election.April 29, 2016
Ballot RequestMay 10, 2016
Primary: Last day to apply for mail-in absentee ballot (not later than close of business 7 days before primary). Applications must be received by this day. May 10, 2016
Primary: County clerks to test automatic tabulating equipment (not more than 30 nor less than 5 days prior to election day)May 10, 2016
Primary: Members of the Armed Forces confined to a military base on election day who learn of that confinement within 7 days or less of an election may make application to vote absentee in the county clerk’s office.May 10, 2016
Primary: Voter may make application to vote absentee in county clerk’s office at least 12 working days preceding election.May 16, 2016
Ballot Return by 6pmMay 17, 2016
November 8, 2016 - General Election Day (first Tuesday after first Monday inNovember). Polls open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., prevailing time.
General: Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots (at least 50 days before election)September 19, 2016
General: Last day for county boards of elections to establish voting places (September 20 of each year).September 20, 2016
General: Last day for county clerks to mail absentee ballots to voters who request absentee ballots prior to the printing of the ballots (within 3 days of the receipt of the printed ballots.September 22, 2016
General: Last day to register to vote for the general election.[Monday, October 10, 2016, is a legal holiday (Columbus Day).]October 11, 2016
General: Voter may make application to vote absentee in county clerk’s office at least 12 working days preceding election.October 21, 2016
General: Last day to apply for mail-in absentee ballot (not later than close of business 7 days before election). Applications must be received by this day. November 1, 2016
General: Members of the Armed Forces confined to a military base on election day who learn of that confinement within7 days or less of an election may make application to vote absentee in the county clerk’s office.November 1, 2016
General: Members of the Armed Forces confined to a military base on election day who learn of that confinement within7 days or less of an election may make application to vote absentee in the county clerk’s office.November 11, 2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • Republican Party Caucus
March 5, 2016
  • Bowling Green Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Bruce Wilkerson - Population(58,067)
  • Covington Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Sherry Carran - Population(40,640)
  • Frankfort Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: William May - Population(25,527)
  • Owensboro Mayoral Election - Current Mayor: Ron Payne - Population(57,265)
November 8, 2016

Hours of Voting

6 a.m. to 6 p.m., prevailing time. At 6 p.m. the Precinct Sheriff goes to the end of the line and stays there until everyone in front of him/her has voted. Anyone in line by 6 p.m. is given the opportunity to vote.

A sample ballot will be published by the county clerk in the local newspaper at least 7 days before election day. You may also call the county clerk's office and inquire about the elections to be held in your county. The local or state Republican or Democrat party headquarters will also be able to supply you with this information, as well as the Kentucky State Board of Elections' website, www.elect.ky.gov.

Do I have to produce Identification to vote?

All voters must produce identification or be known by a precinct officer prior to voting. KRS117.227 and 31 KAR 4:010 provide the types of ID that can be used by the voter such as: Personal acquaintance of precinct officer, Driver's license, Social Security card, credit card, or another form of ID containing both picture and signature.

Voter identification required at the poll - Election officers shall confirm the identity of each voter by personal acquaintance or by a document.Acceptable forms of ID include:

  • Driver's license
  • Social Security card
  • Credit card
  • or another form of ID containing both picture and signature

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Kentucky Elections: What's At Stake In 2016?

Why the 2016 Presidential Election Could Impact Your Way Of Living For Generations to Come

Democrats and Republicans The 2016 Presidential Election is crucial to both Republicans and Democrats since the next President of the United States could nominate as many as four Supreme Court justices. As many as four seats on the Supreme Court could become vacant during the next few years with four supreme court justices over the age of 80. This means the next president could have the power to transform the supreme court, and American law, for generations to come. (See Election Dates and Deadlines)

President Barack Obama The United States presidential election of 2016 is an Open Race since the Incumbent Democratic President Barack Obama is term-limited and cannot run for re-election to a third term in office.

President Obama was sworn in as the 44th President of the United States on January 20, 2009, and was sworn in for his second term on January 20, 2013.
(Browse 2016 Presidentials)

Kentucky 2016 US Senator race

In 2016, there will be a US Senator race in Kentucky. Each state elects two senators for staggered 6-year terms.One of the seats of Kentucky's two senators in the United States Senate is up for election this Election cycle. The Incumbent US Senator is running for re-election.

Kentucky US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running

Kentucky US Senator Race - Incumbent (Republican) Running Incumbent Republican Senator, Rand Paul, is running for re-election to a second term in office. On November 2, 2010, Rand Paul won the election to the United States Senate with 55.7% of the vote against the Democratic candidate, Jack Conway, who came in a distant second with 44.3% of the vote. (see current elected officials in Kentucky)

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TIME OFF FOR VOTING:

Employees may take four hours to vote. Employers may specify which hours the employee can take off.

Important Note:

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