Quick Takes

Voter registration deadline is Oct. 10. And more about how to vote in Kentucky’s election.

By: - October 2, 2023 11:31 am

Kentucky voters will go to the polls Nov. 7. This was the scene on primary Election Day, at Elkhorn Crossing School in Georgetown. (Kentucky Lantern photo by Abbey Cutrer)

In a matter of weeks, Kentucky voters will decide who will lead the state’s executive branch. 

The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 7. Most Kentucky voters will decide statewide office holders, though Fayette County voters in House 93 District can vote in a special election to fill the late Rep. Lamin Swann’s seat. 

Constitutional officers on the ballot include governor, lieutenant governor, agriculture commissioner, secretary of state, state treasurer, state auditor and attorney general. Primary elections were held in May. 

To find local polling locations that will be open on Nov. 7, visit govote.ky.gov

Register to vote

The deadline to register to vote in Kentucky for the general election is Tuesday, Oct. 10 at 4 p.m. local time. Voters may register online through the Kentucky secretary of state’s website

Absentee ballots

Kentucky voters may request absentee ballots online through the Kentucky secretary of state’s website. The online portal opened Sept. 23. It closes on Oct. 24. Eligibility requirements for a mail-in absentee ballot can be found on the State Board of Elections website.

Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by the county clerk by 6 p.m. local time on Election Day to be counted. Voters can find their local drop-box locations at govote.ky.gov

Early voting 

Early in-person voting begins in late October. 

Excused in-person absentee voting will be held Oct. 25-27 and Oct. 30-Nov. 1. Polling locations for these dates can be found on the State Board of Elections website. The board’s website also lists eligibility requirements for excused in-person voting. 

No excuse early voting is Nov. 2-4. Polling locations for these dates are listed on the State Board of Elections’ website.

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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.