Absentee Voting

If you know you are eligible to vote absentee, you can request your ballot any time before an election. If you have never applied to vote absentee, the deadline to apply is seven (7) days before an election. 

To request an absentee ballot, you must first fill out an application. You or your spouse, parents, or children may contact your county clerk to request an absentee ballot application. You may request the application by phone, fax, email, mail, or in person. The application can be returned by mail or hand-delivered. If hand delivered only the person requesting the absentee ballot can return, no spouse, children, or third parties may hand deliver. 

Mail ballots are sent out about 50 days before election day. Mail ballots must be returned to your county clerk’s office by 6:00 p.m. on Election Day. 

If you have a medical emergency you may request an absentee paper ballot. You must provide the county clerk with the application for a Medical Emergency Absentee Ballot, which must be notarized. You must apply fourteen (14) days or less to an election. The ballot may be mailed to an in county or out of county address. 

Mali-in Voting - To be qualified to vote by mail-in absentee ballot, you must be:

• Advanced in age, disabled, or ill
• Military personnel, their Dependents, or Overseas Citizens
• A student who temporarily resides outside the county
• A voter who temporarily resides outside of Kentucky and who maintains eligibility to vote
   in Kentucky, such as a "snowbird"
• Incarcerated, but not yet convicted of a crime
• Prevented from voting in person at the polls on election day and from casting an in-person
   absentee ballot in the county clerks office on all days in-person absentee voting is
   conducted because of his or her employment location

In-person voting - To be qualified to vote by in-person absentee ballot, you must be:

• Out of the county on election day
• Advanced in age, disabled, or ill
• Military, their Dependents, or an Overseas Citizen
• Military personnel confined to base and learn of your confinement within seven days or
   less of an election
• Student or resident who temporarily resides outside of the county
• Voter or the spouse of a voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization
   on Election Day
• Pregnant woman in third trimester
• You may also be eligible if you are: Precinct election officer appointed to serve in precinct
   other than his own, Alternate precinct election officer, County Board of Elections’
   members, County Board of Elections’ staff, Deputy county clerk, State Board of Elections’
   staff.