Election Changes for the June 23 Primary: What You Need to Know

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EVERY REGISTERED VOTER IS ELIGIBLE TO VOTE BY MAIL.
• You do not need an excuse, and you do not have to be absent from your
county on election day.
• If you are registered to vote, you do not have to take any extra steps to
be eligible to vote by mail.

HOW VOTE BY MAIL WORKS
You will receive a postcard from the Board of Elections on or around
May 23. The postcard:
1. Will give you the number for your local county clerk to request
a ballot by phone and;
2. A link to the online portal, govoteky.com, to request a ballot online.
3. This postcard does not serve as your application to obtain a ballot.
4. This postcard does not mean you will automatically have a
ballot mailed to you.
5. You must take the step to request a ballot from your local
county clerk.

HOW TO REQUEST A BALLOT
To request a ballot, you must complete an application for an absentee
ballot. You can do this in one of two ways:
Option 1: Contact your county clerk by phone.
• The county clerk will then send you an application for an absentee
ballot.
• You must complete the application and return it to your clerk.
• Once the clerk receives the application for the absentee
ballot, they will send you a ballot.
• You must complete the ballot and return it to your county clerk.
• You can request an application by phone starting now.
Option 2: Request online
Make an online request through the State Board of Elections portal,
govoteky.com.
• The submission will serve as your application.
• Your local county clerk will receive your application and send you
a ballot by mail.
• Once you receive the ballot, you must complete and return it.
• This portal will be live May 22.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR BALLOT REQUESTS
• You must request a ballot by June 15 to have your ballot mailed to
you by your county clerk.
• After June 15, you may still request a ballot, but you must make
arrangements with your county clerk to pick it up.

HOW TO RETURN YOUR BALLOT
You can do this in one of three ways:
• Option 1: Mailing it back to your local county clerk. The postage
is prepaid, you do not have to place a stamp on the ballot.
• Option 2: Your county may have a secure drop box for you to
return your ballot to.
• Option 3: Your county may have a drive through or curbside option
for you to return the ballot to.

IMPORTANT DATES FOR RETURNING YOUR BALLOT:
• Your ballot must be postmarked by June 23.
• Your ballot must be received in the mail by June 27 at 6 p.m.
local time.

EARLY VOTING
• County clerks must commence early in-person voting options by June 8.
Some county clerks may commence early in-person voting before that date.
• The location for early in-person voting in each county will be decided by
your county clerk and local Board of Elections.
• You must call your clerk and make an appointment for in-person early
voting.

IN-PERSON VOTING
There will be in-person voting on primary election day, June 23, from 6 a.m.
to 6 p.m.
• The number of polling places will be reduced.
• Your polling location will be determined by your county clerk and local
Board of Elections.
• You have to make an appointment to vote on election day.
• You cannot be turned away from voting on election day. You cannot be
told to come back when it is less busy or there are less people. You have
the right to vote.

VOTER IDENTIFICATION
The Kentucky Legislature passed a voter identification bill; this bill does
not in any way affect the primary election.
• For purposes of in-person voting, you may present the following to
verify your identification:
• personal acquaintance;
• driver’s license;
• any ID card with a picture and signature;
• any federal government issued identification card;
• any Kentucky state government issued identification card with
picture;
• credit card.