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September 18, 2020 12:13pm

How to vote in Kentucky’s 2020 General Election

On August 14, 2020, Kentucky Governor Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams announced a plan for Kentucky’s 2020 General Election on November 3. Kentuckians will generally have two options for voting:

  • Absentee ballot by mail
  • Vote in-person, with options to vote early or vote on Election Day

******Click here to access the absentee ballot request portal******

State officials will be working to educate Kentuckians on their options in the weeks ahead of the election, and GLI will be hosting an exclusive event with Secretary Adams on September 23 where regional leaders can hear directly from the Commonwealth’s top elections authority. In the meantime, read below to learn everything you need to know about casting a vote in Kentucky’s 2020 General Election. In addition, Kentucky has a major need for poll workers in the 2020 election. Sign up here if you are interested in working the polls this year.

Key Dates

  • General Election voter registration deadline: October 5, 2020 (REGISTER TO VOTE HERE)
  • Absentee ballot request deadline: October 9, 2020 (REQUEST ABSENTEE BALLOT HERE)
  • Early voting begins: October 13, 2020
  • General Election date: November 3, 2020

Key Resources

Absentee ballot by mail

  • Kentuckians concerned with contracting or spreading COVID-19 can request a ballot by mail.
  • Absentee ballots can be requested through an online portal through Oct. 9, and through traditional means after.
  • Mail ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3 (Election Day), and received by Nov. 6.
  • Drop boxes will be available for Kentuckians to return their mail ballots if they are concerned about postal delays. County clerks will determine these locations.

Early voting

  • Beginning Oct. 13, three weeks before the election, every work day between Oct. 13 and Election Day, and every Saturday for at least four hours, every county clerk will provide a location for safe in-person voting.
  • Early voting is not absentee voting – anyone can vote early for any reason.

Election Day voting

  • County election officials will decide election sites on Election Day. The State Board of Elections, Secretary of State and Governor will approve each plan.
  • Every county will have at least one voting super-center, where everyone from the county can go to vote, regardless of his or her precinct.

Voter identification

  • Kentuckians who were unable to get a driver’s licenses or photo ID due to the pandemic because their clerk’s office was closed, or because they were afraid of exposing themselves to COVID-19, can sign a document explaining this concern and cast their ballot.
  • Individuals who vote via absentee ballot by mail will have their identities verified through the online portal used to request their ballot.