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Requests now being accepted for absentee ballots

Guidelines available for those seeking to vote early

FRANKFORT, Ky. (Sept. 17, 2014) — Absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 elections are now available from county clerk offices in person or via telephone, fax, or email. Application requests need to be submitted by Oct. 28 and completed ballots turned in by 6 p.m. on Election Day.

vote-buttonThose eligible for absentee ballots are:

  • Military personnel, their dependents, and overseas citizens
  • Students who temporarily reside outside the county
  • Voters who temporarily reside outside Kentucky (e.g., vacationers)
  • Voters who are incarcerated but have not yet been convicted
  • Voters whose employment takes them outside the county for all days and hours the polling place is open
  • Voters of advanced age or who suffer from disability or illness
  • Voters who are participants in the Secretary of State’s Address Confidentiality Program

Under the Military Heroes Voting Initiative, qualified military and overseas voters may apply for and receive an absentee ballot through a new online portal. And participants in the Address Confidentiality Program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault are now able to vote absentee.

Individuals who do not qualify to vote by mail-in absentee ballot may still be eligible to vote early. In-person absentee voting will begin in all counties no later than 12 working days prior to the election, although county boards of elections may permit in-person absentee voting to start earlier. In-person absentee voting is conducted during the county clerk’s regular business hours on voting machines similar to those used on Election Day.

Persons with questions about absentee voting should contact their county clerk or the State Board of Elections. Additional information is also available at www.elect.ky.gov. For details about the ACP, please visit www.sos.ky.gov.