Quick Takes

What you need to know to vote in Kentucky today

By: - November 7, 2023 5:30 am

Voting sign is posted outside an early voting location in Louisville. (Kentucky Lantern photo by McKenna Horsley)

Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 7, as Kentuckians decide their constitutional officers, including who will be governor, for the next four years.

Voters must present a photo ID. (There are provisions in the law for registered voters who lack a photo ID, including presenting other forms of identification and an election worker’s affirmation of identity through personal acquaintance.)

Voters in line at 6 p.m. must be allowed to vote.

To find your polling  location, visit the State Board of Elections’ website.

Absentee ballots must be received by local county clerks by 6 p.m. local time to be counted. Drop-off locations for absentee ballots can be found on the State Board of Elections’ website. Voters may check the status of their absentee ballots online.


The Office of the Attorney General will maintain its Election Fraud Hotline, (800) 328-VOTE, to report suspected election law violations. The hotline is always active and records messages 24 hours a day, every day of the year. During Kentucky’s early voting period and on Election Day, the hotline is staffed and calls are answered between 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST. 

Additionally, the American Civil Liberties Union has an Election Protection hotline to assist voters, which can be reached by calling 866-687-8683. 

During last week’s early voting period, from Thursday to Saturday, more than 260,000 Kentuckians cast ballots, according to the State Board of Elections

Kentucky has almost 3.5 million registered voters. 

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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.