Mail-In Absentee Voting

Except for voters requesting a medical emergency absentee ballot or military voters and their dependents and overseas voters using a military application, a qualified voter may apply to cast a mail-in absentee ballot through the online portal up to fourteen (14) days before the Primary or General Election if the voter is:

  1. A resident of Kentucky who is a member of the Armed Forces and their dependents or voters residing overseas
  2. A student who temporarily resides outside the county of his or her residence
  3. A voter who is incarcerated in jail and charged with a crime, but has not been convicted
  4. A voter who is changing or has changed his or her place of residence to a different state while the registration books are closed in the new state of residence before an election of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, in which case the voter shall be permitted to cast a mail-in absentee ballot for electors for President and Vice President of the United States only
  5. A voter who temporarily resides outside the state, but is still eligible to vote in this state
  6. A voter who is prevented from voting in-person at the polls on Election Day and from casting an in-person absentee ballot in the county clerk’s office on all days in-person absentee voting is conducted because his or her employment location requires him or her to be absent from the county of his or her residence during all hours and all days in-person absentee voting is conducted
  7. A participant in the Secretary of State’s crime victim address confidentiality protection program
  8. A voter who is not able to appear at the polls on election day or the days in-person absentee voting is conducted on the account of age, disability, or illness, and who has not been declared mentally disabled by a court of competent jurisdiction.

If you qualify to cast a mail-in absentee ballot for one of the reasons above, you may access the online portal at www.goVoteKY.com. The absentee ballot tab will not be available until forty-five (45) days before the date of the Primary or General Election and closes fourteen (14) days preceding the Primary or General Election.

If you have a disability that prevents you from marking a paper ballot and you would like to request an accessible absentee ballot or for guidance related to the state’s accessible absentee portal, please call (502) 574-5886 or (502) 574-5889.

Absentee ballot for medical emergencies. In case of medical emergency within fourteen (14) days or less of an election, a registered voter and the registered voter’s spouse may apply for an absentee ballot. Please call (502) 574-5886 or (502) 574-5889 for more information.

Voters who are Members of the Armed Forces and their dependents or voters residing overseas, please visit www.goVoteKY.com to access the military and overseas voter ballot portal.