Election Rules

General Election Voter Registration Deadline: October

Kentucky voters can vote early at their county clerk’s office from October 13 to November 2.

Kentucky’s Address Confidentiality Program allows those who have an emergency protection order or domestic violence order, as well as survivors of domestic violence, sexual abuse, stalking, or crimes against a minor protection when registering to vote. Learn more here.

Restoration of Voting Rights After Felony Convictions: The right to vote for felons can only be restored by a pardon from the governor.

ID Requirements for voting: ID requested but photo ID not required. If an ID is not shown, a voter signs an affidavit affirming their identity.

Absentee Voting: An excuse is required to obtain an absentee ballot. View the list of excuses here. Request forms can only be obtained by contacting the County Clerk’s office, and applications must be mailed back or handed in at least 7 days prior to the election.

Gender Gaps in Representation

Kentucky is one of 13 states that does not have any women in its Congressional delegation. Kentucky ranks 41st in the country for women’s representation in the State Legislature.

Kentucky Congressional Delegation

Kentucky State Legislature

Voter Turnout

Kentucky had lower turnout than the overall United States in the 2016 Elections.

Percent Voter Turnout by Gender

Percent Voter Turnout by Race