Upcoming Elections in Kentucky

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

The polls shall be opened on the day of a primary, special election, or regular election at 6 a.m., prevailing time, and shall remain open until each voter who is waiting in line at the polls at 6 p.m., prevailing time, has voted.

At 6 p.m., prevailing time, if voters are waiting at the polls to vote, the precinct election sheriff shall announce that a voter wishing to vote must immediately get in line. When all voters waiting at the polls at that time are in line, the precinct election sheriff shall then determine which voter is the last in line, and that voter shall be the last voter permitted to vote.

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

2016 Election Dates and Deadlines

November 8,2016 - General Election Day (first Tuesday after first Monday inNovember). Polls open 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., prevailing time.`
Absentee Ballot Begins: Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots (at least 50 days before election) September 19,2016
Last date for the State to publish polling site locations: Last day for county boards of elections to establish voting places (September 20 of each year) September 20,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Last day for county clerksto 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. Absentee ballots that are requested subsequent to the receipt of the ballots by the county clerks shall be mailed to the voter within 3 days of the receipt of the application). September 22,2016
Voter Registration Ends: General: Last day to register to vote for the general election.[Monday, October 10, 2016, is a legal holiday (Columbus Day).] October 11,2016
County clerks to test automatic tabulating equipment: County clerks to test automatic tabulating equipment (not more than 30 nor less than 5 days prior to election day). [Monday, October 10, 2016, is a legal holiday (Columbus Day). October 11,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - In Person: Voter may make application to vote absentee in county clerk’s office at least 12 working dayspreceding election. October 21,2016
Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail: Last day to apply for mail-in absentee ballot. Applications must be received by this day. Note: Only qualified voters can vote absentee. This includes: Advanced in age, disabled or ill; Military personnel, their Dependents, or Overseas Citizens. Other circumstances may qualify for absentee voting. Check with election officials for eligibility. November 1,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline- UOCAVA citizens: 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 1,2016
Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail: Last day for mail-in absentee ballots to be received (by 6 p.m.) November 8,2016
Mayoral Elections and Others
  • 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

Time Off For Voting:

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

Voting At The Polls On Election Day

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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Can I Register At The Polls On Election Day?

NO: Kentucky does not provide Same Day Voter Registration. You must register to vote by the voter registration deadline in order to vote in an election. If you miss the voter registration deadline for an election you should contact your local election office.

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