Mail-in voting starts in Kentucky

Mail-in absentee ballot voting for the May 17 primary has begun in Kentucky, the secretary of state’s office announced Wednesday. 

Kentuckians 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 can request an absentee ballot application from their county clerk in person or by telephone, fax, or email. The clerk’s office has to receive your application for a mail-in absentee ballot by by no later than May 10 for you to get an absentee ballot. 

The completed absentee ballot must be received by the county clerk by 6 p.m. local time on Election Day.

If you don’t qualify for a mail-in absentee ballot, the secretary of state’s office says you may still be eligible to vote in person before Election Day starting no later than May 3, or 12 working days — possibly including Saturdays — before the election. 

If you have questions about absentee voting, you can contact your county clerk, or the State Board of Elections at For details about the address confidentiality program, click here

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