How to Vote in Kentucky’s 2022 Election

Posted on 06/30/22 by Jessica Ravitz

En español | Kentucky’s Nov. 8 general election will decide races for the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, the state’s General Assembly and several state high courts. The state's primary was May 17.

Essential info:

  • Absentee voting: This option is available, but only to registered voters who meet certain criteria, including residents temporarily living out of state or voters who are unable to vote in person because of an illness or disability.
  • Early in-person voting: All registered voters can vote early and in person on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the election.
  • In-person voting on Election Day: The state’s general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time.

What's new this year?

A new redistricting plan has changed certain boundaries of some state legislative and U.S. congressional districts and may affect which candidates appear on your ballot. 

Kentucky Residents Cast Ballots For 2020 U.S. Presidential Election

What races are on the ballot and who's running?

  • U.S. Senate: incumbent Rand Paul (R), Charles Booker (D)
  • U.S. House: all 6 seats 
  • State Senate: 19 out of 38 seats 
  • State House: all 100 seats

For details and sample ballots, reach out to your county clerk’s office.

How do I register to vote?

  • In person: Visit your county clerk’s office. Or you can register when applying for or renewing your driver’s license or when visiting one of Kentucky’s social service agencies, such as agencies serving those with disabilities or the Department for Community Based Services.

The registration deadline is 4 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Oct. 11.  If you are mailing your registration application, it must be postmarked by Oct. 11.

To check your current registration status, sign in to the state’s voter information center.

How can I get a mail-in or absentee ballot? Are there important deadlines?

Only Kentucky voters who meet certain criteria can request a mail-in absentee ballot, including voters who are temporarily out of state or unable to vote in person due to work, age, disability or illness, or because they’re serving as election workers. This also applies to students temporarily living outside their county of residence. You can get a request form:

The deadline to request an absentee ballot is 14 days before the election, which would mean Oct. 25. But if you’re in the military or living overseas, the deadline is seven days prior to the election, or Nov. 1.

Mail your completed ballot to your county clerk’s office, postage is required, or drop it in a secure drop box. Drop box locations are included in the polling locations for your county. Completed absentee ballots must be received by your county clerk by 6 p.m. local time on Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Can I track my absentee ballot?

Yes, the status of your absentee ballot can be tracked through the voter information portal at

Can I vote early in person if I qualified for a mail-in absentee ballot?

Yes, you can if you would prefer to vote in person and not mail or drop off a completed ballot. Excused in-person absentee voting, as it’s called, is available Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, Oct. 26, 27 and 28, and Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 31, Nov. 1 and 2, for the general election. This voting typically takes place at your county clerk’s office, but you should contact your clerk’s office to verify this information.

Can I vote early in person if I didn't qualify for an absentee ballot?

Yes, early voting, also referred to as in-person no-excuse absentee voting, will be available to all registered voters on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday before the election, so Nov. 3, 4 and 5. The State Board of Elections website lists polling location information for each county, including in-person no-excuse absentee locations and hours. Or contact your county clerk’s office to see when and where you can cast your ballot before Election Day.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

The state’s general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. If you’re in line by 6 p.m., you’ll be allowed to vote. Find your polling location on the State Board of Elections website. Or contact your county clerk’s office for polling site details.

Do I need identification to vote?

A photo ID, including the name of the voter, is required. Acceptable forms of identification include your driver’s license, passport or other photo IDs issued by:

  • The United States or the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • The U.S. Department of Defense, a branch of the uniformed services, the Merchant Marine or the Kentucky National Guard
  • A public or private college, university or postgraduate technical or profession school located in the U.S.
  • Any city, county, urban county, charter county or consolidated local government in the state

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on June 30, 2022, to correct days for excused in-person absentee voting. The guide was first published on Aug. 18, 2020.

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