State Background Info:
  Upcoming SoS Elections:

Kentucky Electoral Administration
Absentee ballots require an excuse: yes

Early voting: yes

Felons: Kentucky disenfranchises all persons convicted of a felony, subject to restoration of rights by the Governor. Individuals seeking to restore their right to vote must submit an Application for Restoration to Civil Rights to the Division of Probation and Parole, which then forwards it to the Governor for consideration. In order to be eligible for this type of restoration, the applicant must have reached the maximum expiration of sentence or have received final discharge from the Division of Probation and Parole, cannot have any pending warrants, charges, or indictments, and must have paid full restitution as ordered by the court. In 2001, the legislature passed a bill requiring that the Department of Corrections aid eligible persons in the process of rights restoration. Under the current administration of Gov. Ernie Fletcher, however, the reenfranchisement process has become considerably more onerous. Governor Fletcher now requires that applicants for rights restoration submit three character references and an explanation in writing of why they seek to vote.

ID Laws: All voters need: a document such as a motor vehicle operator's license; social security card, or credit card.

Mandatory poll worker/election official training: State provides training materials to clerks.

Paper trail: no

Provisional ballot validity determined by jurisdiction of voter, not precinct: no

Registration deadline: Registration ends 20 days before the election.

Uniform voting system: no