Absentee Voter Information
Kentucky registered voters may vote at the precinct on election day or, if eligible, may cast an absentee ballot by mail or in the county clerk’s office prior to election day. Kentucky law does not provide for early voting or unexcused absentee voting.
Absentee ballots can only be obtained by requesting an appointment with our office.
Mail-In Absentee Ballots
Question - Who is qualified to vote an absentee ballot?
- Advanced in age, Disabled, or Ill;
- Military personnel, their Dependents, or Overseas Citizens (For more information please review the Military and Overseas Page);
- A student who temporarily resides outside the county;
- A voter who temporarily resides outside of Kentucky and who maintains eligibility to vote in Kentucky, such as a “snowbird;”
- Incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime; or
- Employed outside of the county all hours the polling place is open.
Question - How do I request an absentee ballot?
Question - When can I apply for an absentee ballot?
Question - What is the last day I can apply for an absentee ballot?
Question - What if I did not receive my mail-in absentee ballot?
Question - What if I find out that I will be in the county on election day and want to vote at my precinct?
Question - What if I need help filling out my ballot?
Medical Emergency Ballots
You can apply for a medical emergency absentee ballot if a medical emergency occurs within 14 days before an election. The spouse of the voter can also apply for a paper absentee ballot.
The voter, voter’s spouse, parent, or child or, if none exist, then a brother, sister, niece, nephew, or designee of the voter may make the request for a medical emergency application for an absentee ballot. The absentee ballot can be hand-delivered to the voter and this may be done on election day.
Voting Machine Absentee Ballots
A voting machine at the County Clerk’s office is available 12 (or more) working days before the election for those voters who are qualified to vote by absentee ballot in the County Clerk’s office. Contact your County Clerk to find out the hours and dates of absentee voting in your county.
You must fulfill one of the following criteria to be eligible:
- You will be out of the county on election day
- You are Military, their Dependents, or an Overseas Citizen (For more information, please review the Military and Overseas Page found on this web site.)
- You are Military personnel confined to base and learn of your confinement within seven days or less of an election
- You are a Student or resident who temporarily resides outside of the county
- You are a voter or the spouse of a voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on Election Day
- You are a pregnant woman in your third trimester
You are the following:
- Precinct election officer appointed to serve in precinct other than his own
- Alternate precinct officer
- County Board of Elections’ members
- County Board of Elections’ staff
- Deputy county clerk
- State Board of Elections’ staff