Welcome Kentucky voters! Below you will find your upcoming election dates, voter registration deadlines, state requirements for Voter ID, as well as information on online voter registration, automatic voter registration, vote-by-mail, early voting, and minor pre-registration.


Primary Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

Party Primaries
Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
May 22 April 23 (postmarked) April 23 April 23 No


General Election Dates & Registration Deadlines

General Election Registration Deadlines
Same Day Registration
Mail-In Online In-Person
November 6 October 9 (postmarked) October 9 October 9 No


Online Voter Registration

Yes, Kentucky has Online Voter Registration. You can register online here.

Voter ID

Strict = if no identification, voter must take additional measures after Election Day to have ballot counted

Non-strict = if no identification, voter still has option to cast ballot that may be counted without additional measures by voter


Kentucky has non-strict, non-photo ID requirements. Here are the approved forms of ID in the state of Kentucky:

  • Personal acquaintance of precinct officer
  • Driver’s license
  • Social Security card
  • county issued identification card approved in writing by the State Board of Elections
  • U.S. government-issued identification card
  • Kentucky state government-issued identification card with picture
  • Credit card
  • Another form of ID containing both picture and signature


Kentucky does have “no-excuse” vote-by-mail. You must request your ballot 4 days prior to Election Day (typically Friday before Election Day). Your ballot must be received by close of polls on Election Day.

Early Voting

Kentucky has no in-person early voting.

Automatic Voter Registration (Motor Voter)

Kentucky has no Automatic Voter Registration.

Minor Pre-Registration

No specific provision. Contact your state election officials for details.

Links to State-by-State Charts

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

Online Voter Registration

Automatic Voter Registration

Vote By Mail

Early Voting

Voter ID

Content Updated Summer 2018


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