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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.

2015 Important Events Calendar

EventDate
April 2015 Dates
Primary Election: Last day for county clerks to mail absentee ballots to voters who request absentee ballots prior to the printing of the ballots.April 2, 2015 -
Last day to register to vote for the primary.April 20, 2015
May 2015 Dates
Primary: Members of the Armed Forces confined to a military base onelection day who learn of that confinement within 7 days or less of an election may make application to voteabsentee in the clerk’s office.May 12, 2015 -
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 12, 2015
Primary: Members of the Armed Forces confined to a military base onelection day who learn of that confinement within 7 days or less of an election may make application to voteabsentee in the clerk’s office.May 18, 2015 -
Primary Election Day (first Tuesday after third Monday in May)Polls open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., prevailing time.County boards of elections to be in session all day.Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by clerk before 6 p.m., prevailing time.May 19, 2015
September 2015 Dates
General: Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots (at least 50 days before election).September 14, 2015 -
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 17, 2015
General: Last day for county boards of elections to establish voting placesSeptember 21, 2015 -
October 2015 Dates
Last day to register to vote for the general election.October 5, 2015
General: 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.October 27, 2015
November 2015 Dates
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.November 2, 2015 -
General Election Day (first Tuesday after first Monday inNovember).Polls open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., prevailing time.County boards of elections to be in session all day.Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by clerk before 6 p.m., prevailing time.November 3, 2015
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 27, 2015 -

2016 Important Events Calendar

EventDate
March 2016 Dates
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 -
April 2016 Dates
Primary: Last day to register to vote for the primary.April 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 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
May 2016 Dates
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: 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: 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
Primary Election Day (first Tuesday after third Monday in May)Polls open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., prevailing time. May 17, 2016
September 2016 Dates
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 -
October 2016 Dates
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
November 2016 Dates
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 Election Day (first Tuesday after first Monday inNovember). Polls open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., prevailing time.November 8, 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

How can I find my polling location?

If you do not know where your polling place is,you can use sos.ky.gov to obtain information about your precinct location and legislative districts. If you have any issues or questions, please contact your County Clerk

Kentucky: Voting at the Polls on Election Day

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

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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