Quick Takes

Kentucky early voting starts this week. Tuesday last day to request a mail-in absentee ballot.

By: - October 23, 2023 5:40 am

An election official talks to a voter on primary election day, May 16, 2023, at the Scott County Public Library in Georgetown. (Kentucky Lantern photo by Abbey Cutrer)

Some of Kentucky’s voters will go to their local polling locations this week. 

Excused in-person early voting begins Wednesday, Oct. 25, and will be held Oct. 25-27, and next week Oct. 30-Nov. 1. 

Voters can find information, such as address and hours, for their local in-person early voting location on the State Board of Elections’ website

Reasons someone may be eligible for excused in-person early voting can also be found on the website. Some examples of eligible voters are people who may be an elections officer who will work this election cycle, a student who temporarily lives outside of the county of their residence and will not be in that county on the day of an election or future early voting dates, or a person who is part of the Armed Forces or a dependent of an Armed Forces member and will be out of the county on the day of an election or future early voting days. 

No excuse early in-person voting will begin in Kentucky on Thursday, Nov. 2, and will be held Nov. 2-4. 

The last day for Kentucky voters to request a mail-in absentee ballot is Tuesday, Oct. 24. To be counted, ballots must be received by 6 p.m. local time. To find a local drop box to return ballots, visit the State Board of Elections’ website

Kentucky’s general election is Tuesday, Nov. 7. All of Kentucky’s constitutional officers — governor, lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor and attorney general — will be on the ballot. Primary elections were held in May. 

Some voters will have a special election to decide, such as in House District 93 in Fayette County where there will be a special election to fill the late Rep. Lamin Swann’s seat. 

The deadline to register to vote in the general election was Tuesday, Oct. 4. Last week, the secretary of state’s office reported that voter registration surged 10 days before the deadline, with 6,462 voters registering between Oct. 1-10. 

For more voting information, visit govote.ky.gov


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McKenna Horsley
McKenna Horsley

McKenna Horsley covers state politics for the Kentucky Lantern. She previously worked for newspapers in Huntington, West Virginia, and Frankfort, Kentucky. She is from northeastern Kentucky.