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Everything you need to know to register and vote in Kentucky

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Check your registration status: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/VIC/

Register by mail: https://elect.ky.gov/SiteCollectionDocuments/Register%20to%20Vote/Kentucky%20Voter%20Registration%20Card.pdf

Register online: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/ovrweb/default

Request absentee ballot from your county clerk: http://elect.ky.gov/contactcountyclerks/Pages/default.aspx

Find your polling location: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/VIC/

Find your sample ballot: http://apps.sos.ky.gov/electionballots/

Campus Vote Project: https://www.campusvoteproject.org/stateguides/Kentucky

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Hello Kentucky!

If you want to be able to vote in this year’ presidential election, you’re going to have to register first. You can check using the link below to see if you’re registered already.

If you’re not, or you’ve moved since the last time you voted, there’s a link in the description to fill out a registration application. For those of you who have a valid Kentucky driver’s license, you’ll be able to enter that license number and submit the form online. If you don’t have a Kentucky license, they’ll ask you to print it out, sign it and mail it in.

Like, with a stamp. I know it’s annoying, but it’s important, so do it anyway. The deadline to register is October 5th if you want to vote in the November general election.

Once you’re registered, you get to vote. Early and absentee voting are only available to Kentucky residents who will be out of the county for all of election day, are elderly or disabled, or have a medical issue that prevents them from getting to the polls. If any of these apply to you, you’ll have to visit your county clerk’s office or call them to request an absentee ballot application.

Once you get your application, you’ll have to complete it and send it back before October 27th, and then you’ll get your ballot in the mail, fill it out at your own pace, and mail it back in so that it gets to your county clerk’s office before 6pm on November 3rd. You may also be able to cast your absentee ballot in person at a county clerk’s office before election day, but their hours vary by county, so use the link below to contact your county clerk if you want to vote absentee. For the rest of you, you’ll be voting in person on November 3rd.

Polls are open from 6am to 6pm and there’s a link below to look up where you need to go to vote. You’ll need to bring an ID with you: a Kentucky driver’s license, government ID, social security card, credit card with your name on it, or any other ID that has both your picture and your signature on it will work. If you’re not sure if you have the right kind of ID, or you have any other questions, don’t be afraid to ask the poll workers or contact your county clerk.

They’re there to help you vote. You can also go to the link in the description to look at a sample ballot that tells you everything you’ll be able to vote for in your county. You don’t have to vote for every single item on the ballot—you can leave things blank if you want to—but your local elections can be pretty important, so it’s worth checking out what’s on there ahead of time.

You can even print it out or take a screenshot and bring it to the polls with you so you don’t forget how you want to vote. The best thing to do if you’re planning to vote this year is to make a plan to vote right now—from what day you’re gonna register to whether you’re gonna vote in person or absentee. What kind of ID you’re going to use, and where it is, even what time you’re going to vote and how you’re going to get there.

Write it down, put it in your notes app, text it to a friend, just make a plan so that nothing unexpected stops you from being counted on November 3rd. All the links you need to check your registration and polling location are in the description. Thanks for voting.

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