Tuesday is deadline for Ky. voters to apply for mail-in absentee ballots

FRANKFORT, Ky. (NEWS RELEASE) – Tuesday, Nov. 1, is the last day for Kentucky voters to apply to vote absentee by mail in the Nov. 8 general election. 

"This is an important deadline for any person who is not able to vote in-person at the polls on Election Day or before," said Secretary of State Allison Lundergan Grimes. "I encourage any person who is eligible to contact their county clerk and submit an application as soon as possible before the deadline at close of business tomorrow."

Individuals who may be eligible to vote by mail-in absentee ballot include:
• Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens
• Students who temporarily reside outside the county
• Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)
• Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted
• Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open
• Voters of advanced age or who suffer from disability or illness
• Voters who are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program

Voters may request an absentee ballot application from their county clerk in person or via telephone, fax, or email. Qualified military and overseas voters may also use the Commonwealth's online portal to request and receive their blank absentee ballots.

Applications for mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the clerk’s office no later than Tuesday, Nov. 1. The completed absentee ballot must be returned by mail and received by the county clerk by 6 p.m. local time on Election Day.

Individuals who do not qualify to vote by mail-in absentee ballot may still be eligible to vote early in person prior to Nov. 8, Election Day. In-person absentee voting is open in all counties and is conducted during the county clerk’s regular business hours.

Persons with questions about absentee voting should contact their county clerk or call the State Board of Elections at 502-573-7100.


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