April 18 Last day to register to vote for the primary
May 17 Primary Election Day
October 11 Last day to register to vote for the general election
November 8 General Election Day
Voting in Kentucky
70% of eligible African American voters are registered.
55% turnout in 2012
The Kentucky Constitution says that “Individuals convicted of a felony, treason, or bribery in an election may not vote in Kentucky unless their civil rights are restored by executive pardon by the Governor.” This disenfranchisement policy is one of the harshest in the country. One in every four African American males was impacted by this disenfranchisement.
In a historic move just before he left office, Gov. Steve Beshear signed an executive order to restore the right to vote and to hold public office to ex-felons who have served out their sentences. The order was overturned by Governor Bevin. While we lobby the governor to reverse his decision, let’s work with ex-felons to restore their vote by helping them complete the required paperwork.
Identification Requirements to Register to Vote
The Kentucky Voter Registration Card requires the applicant’s social security number. In addition, a date of birth is required to verify that the voter meets the minimum age requirement for voting. No person shall be denied the right to register because of the failure to include the Social Security number. All forms which require a voter’s signature shall provide for verification by the signer. If a voter signs a voter registration form with only a mark, two witnesses are also required.
Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot
A photo ID can be requested of the voter but the voter is not required to present it. If the voter does not present a photo ID, the voter must sign an oath attesting to his/her qualifications.
Election officers can also confirm the identity of a voter through:
Have questions or need more information? Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE (1-866-687-8683).