VOTE: Election 2020
Kentucky
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Voting

VOTING IN PERSON

Poll Times
6 a.m. - 6 p.m.


ID Requirements
Identification is required:

Driver’s license
Social Security card
County issued identification card approved in writing by the State Board of Elections
U.S. government-issued identification card
Kentucky state government-issued identification card with a picture
Credit card
Any form of ID containing both picture and signature

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VOTE BY MAIL

Can I vote by mail in Kentucky?
Temporarily allowing Vote by Mail options due to the coronavirus crisis.

Kentucky is allowing any voter concerned about contracting COVID-19 to request an absentee ballot.

Can I submit an application online?
Yes, just tap the button below.

What's the deadline to request a mail-in ballot?
The deadline to apply for your mail-in ballot has passed. Your request had to be received on October 5, 2020.

What's the deadline to submit my ballot?
Your mail-in ballot must be received by 6:00 pm on Election day (Nov. 3)

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EARLY VOTING

Early voting
Not available

MILITARY OR VOTING OVERSEAS

Members of the military, their families, and US citizens living overseas can request a ballot to vote from anywhere in the world.

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Get Ready to Vote
General Election
November 3
ELECTION DAY

To vote in your state, make sure you’re registered. Here are some important deadlines:

The deadline for online/mail registration is 10/5.

The deadline for in-person registration is 10/5.

Kentucky does not allow Election Day voter registration.

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What's on my ballot?

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Candidates & Races

President of the United States

Biography

Joseph Robinette "Joe" Biden, Jr. (b. November 20, 1942, in Scranton, Pennsylvania) is the 46th president of the United States, assuming office on January 20, 2021.

He won the 2020 presidential election on November 3, 2020, with 306 electoral votes. Biden launched his campaign for president of the United States on April 25, 2019. He announced U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris (D) as his running mate on August 11, 2020.

Biden was the 47th vice president of the United States, serving under President Barack Obama (D) from January 20, 2009, to January 20, 2017.

He previously served as a U.S. senator from Delaware from 1973 to 2009.

On January 12, 2017, Obama awarded Biden the Presidential Medal of Freedom for his lifetime of public service, marking the final time Obama would present the nation's highest civilian honor. Biden received the award with distinction, an additional honor given only to Pope John Paul II, former President Ronald Reagan, and retired Gen. Colin Powell in the previous three administrations.

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Vice President of the United States

Biography

Kamala Devi Harris (b. October 20, 1964, in Oakland, California) is a Democratic member of the U.S. Senate from California. Harris was first elected to the Senate in 2016. She became the second Black woman elected to the U.S. Senate and the first Indian American to serve in the chamber.

Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden announced Harris was his running mate on August 11, 2020. He called her "a fearless fighter for the little guy, and one of the country’s finest public servants." Harris is the first Black woman to appear on a major party's ticket in the United States.

Harris previously ran for president of the United States, entering the race on January 21, 2019. She suspended her presidential campaign on December 3, 2019, and endorsed Biden on March 8, 2020.

Harris is the former attorney general of California. She served in the position from 2011 to 2017. She also served as San Francisco's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.

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U.S. Senate Kentucky

Biography

Mitch McConnell (Republican Party) is a member of the U.S. Senate from Kentucky. He assumed office in 1985. His current term ends on January 3, 2027.

McConnell (Republican Party) ran for re-election to the U.S. Senate to represent Kentucky. He won in the general election on November 3, 2020.

McConnell was unanimously elected as Senate majority leader by Republicans following the 2014 elections. Before that, he served as Senate minority leader from 2007 to 2015.

As Senate majority leader, McConnell set records for the number of judicial nominees confirmed during the first two years of a presidency. As of July 2019, the Senate had confirmed two Supreme Court justices, 41 circuit court appeals judges, and 80 district court judges during President Donald Trump's presidency. “To put that in context, that’s about one in five of the Courts of Appeals judges nationwide have now been appointed by this president and confirmed by this Senate in two and a half years. And I want you to know that my view is, there will be no vacancies left behind. None,” McConnell said in June 2019.

McConnell previously worked as the Deputy U.S. Attorney for Legislative Affairs from 1974 to 1975 and as a judge-executive of Jefferson County, KY, from 1979 to 1985.

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Initiatives

Kentucky Constitutional Amendment 1
Marsy's Law Crime Victims Rights Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports adding specific rights of crime victims, together known as Marsy's Law, to the Kentucky Constitution.

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A "no" vote opposes adding specific rights of crime victims, together known as Marsy's Law, to the Kentucky Constitution.

Kentucky Constitutional Amendment 2
Terms of Judicial Offices Amendment (2020)
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A "yes" vote supports amending the Kentucky Constitution to make the following changes:

increase the office terms of commonwealth's attorneys from six years to eight years starting in 2030;increase the office terms of district judges from four years to eight years starting in 2022; andchange attorney licensing requirements for district judges from two years to eight years beginning in 2022.
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A "no" vote opposes amending the Kentucky Constitution to increase the term limits of commonwealth's attorneys and district judges and to change licensing requirements for district judges.