You must register to vote in Kentucky at least 29 days prior to an election in order to be eligible to vote in that election. Kentucky requires a political party designation at time of registration. Party changes must be completed by December 31 in order to vote in your chosen party's spring primary election. Once you've registered to vote, when you change your address, change your name, or want to change your party affiliation, you must update your voter registration with the Board of Elections.
Time Required: 5-15 Minutes
- Meet the Criteria to Register – You must be 18 years old on or before election day, a U.S. citizen, and a resident of the state in order to register to vote in Kentucky.
- Obtain a Voter Registration Card – You can print an application online or pick it up at your County Clerk's office.
- Complete the Voter Registration Card – Fill out all of the required fields using blue or black ink. Do not fill out the section that is labeled "For Clerk Use Only." Filling out and submitting this card will register you to vote for the first time, change your political party designation, and update your registered name and address.
- Choose a Political Party Designation – Choose whether you want to be listed as a republican, democrat, or "other." If you choose "other," you will need to write in the name of your party.
- Sign and Date Voter Registration Card – If an "X" appears to the left of the signature line, you are required to also have two signatures in the "witnessed by" sections.
- Return Voter Registration Card – You'll need to either mail or turn your voter registration card in to your County Clerk's office (Find Yours).
- Receive Registration Confirmation – Your County Clerk will send you a voter registration card as receipt of confirmation. This card will also provide you with your voting precinct information.
- If you're cutting it close to the deadline, opt for a trip to the County Clerk's office rather than mailing in your application. This will guarantee your ability to vote and ensure you have all of the information you need.
- Make sure to designate the party you're most likely to vote for as your political party designation. You will only be able to vote in primary elections for that party.
- You will need to show an ID with your picture and registered name and address in order to be able to vote. Make sure to take care of any name and address inconsistencies on your ID and voter registration at least a month before an election in order to avoid voting problems.
What You Need
- Voter Registration Card
- Physical Kentucky Address