Voter Information - Frequently Asked Questions


Q: How do I register to vote?
A:  Call the Election Center at (502) 574-6100 to request that a registration card be mailed to you, register online at, or stop by and complete a card when you visit:

For more information about how to register, visit the State Board of Elections web site.

Q: Who may register to vote?
A:  You may register to vote if you are:

Q: When do I need to register to vote?
A:  The registration deadline is 28 days before each election. The Primary Election is held the first Tuesday after the third Monday in May; the General Election is held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November.

Q: When do I need to change my party affiliation?
A:  December 31st is the deadline each year for changing your political party affiliation to be eligible to vote in your party's Primary Election the following year.

Q: What if I have special needs at the polls?
A:  People who require voting assistance due to temporary/permanent disability or an inability to read English may apply to the County Board of Elections for a certification of a need for voting assistance. A person may also request voting assistance from someone of their choice, or two Election Officers, at the polls. A person may not be assisted by their employer, an agent of the employer, a union officer or an agent of the voter's union.

Q: If I move, will my polling location change?
A:  Possibly. Make sure you change your address with the Election Center so that you can vote in your correct polling location on Election Day.

Q: Where is my polling location?
A:  To find your voting location, visit Where Do I Vote, or you may call the Election Center at 574-6100. Avoid the last minute rush on Election Day. Find your polling location today.

Q: What are the proper forms of identification for voting?
A:  Proper forms of identification are:

Note: Voter ID cards issued by the Election Center and Oath of Voter forms are no longer acceptable forms of identification.

Q: What if I will be out of town on Election Day?
A:  Voters who will be outside the county on Election Day may vote in person at the Election Center, 701 W Ormsby Ave, Ste 301, at least 30 days before the election. For more information, visit our Absentee Voting page.

Q: What are the reasons a person may be able to vote absentee by mail?
A:  Kentucky law allows mailing an absentee ballot for these reasons:

Q: What is the deadline to request an absentee ballot application?
A:  The deadline to return the official "Application for Absentee Ballot" is seven (7) days before an election. You may request an application from the Election Center or the County Clerk's offices in person, or by mail, fax, or by phone or e-mail to

Call (502) 574-6100 for more information.

Q: What time do the polls open and close on Election Day?
A:  The polls are open from 6:00am to 6:00pm.

Q: How is it possible for a 17-year-old to register, and vote in a Primary Election?
A:  When his/her 18th birthday is on or before the date of the next General Election.

Q: If a person registers as an independent or with no party preference, can that person vote for anyone they want to in the Primary Election?
A:  No. Kentucky has a closed Primary system. The non-partisan registered voter may only vote for non-partisan races or issues in the Primary Election.

Q: Do voters have to re-register before every election?
A:  No. Only if the voters have moved, have had a name change, and/or wishes to change their political party affiliation.

Q: What if a voter needs a ride to the polls on Election Day?
A:  Voters should contact their political party headquarters for additional information.

Q: What happens in Kentucky elections if there is a tie?
A:  It is settled by lot, the method is determined by members of the County Board of Elections.

Q: Who are my elected officials?
A:  View the list of your Federal, State and Local Officials, and a list of officials in your 2nd to 6th-class cities, in PDF form at Where Do I Vote.

For more information about voting in Kentucky, visit the State Board of Elections web site.

To find your polling location in Jefferson County, please visit Where Do I Vote.