Kentucky Voter Information

Facts At A Glance

Registration Deadline: October 9th (by mail)


Do First Time Voters Need ID?


Do All Voters Need ID?


Complete Kentucky Voter ID Laws

Do 1st time voters need ID? Yes
Do all voters need ID? Yes
Student ID accepted? Yes


What forms of ID are acceptable?

  • Driver’s license from Kentucky or from another state
  • Social Security card
  • Credit card, or any other ID card issued to you by the county in Kentucky you are voting in
  • Any photo ID with your signature, including a Student ID
  • If using Student ID, it must have a signature

Kentucky Student Voter Info

Students who lived in Kentucky before moving elsewhere to attend school, and who wish to establish or keep their Kentucky voting residency (i.e., at their parents’ address), should have no problem doing so unless they have already registered to vote in another state. To establish voting residency in Kentucky, you must intend for your school address to be your home. Your residence is where you live, the place where you intend to return whenever you are traveling. There is no requirement under Kentucky law that you intend to make your home at a place permanently or indefinitely in order to establish residence.

Kentucky Ex-Offender Voter Info

HHC – Individuals convicted of a felony are ineligible to vote while incarcerated, on parole, or on probation. The right to vote can only be restored if the governor approves an application for an executive pardon once an individual has completed their sentence.
Felon Voting – Anyone convicted of a misdemeanor in Kentucky may not vote while incarcerated.
Vote restored after: (Some felons may vote depending on the state, crime committed, time elapsed since completion of sentence, and other variables)
On Nov. 24, 2015, Kentucky Gov. Steven L. Beshear issued executive order 2015-871 to automatically restore the right to vote to nonviolent felons who have completed probation, parole, and who have no outstanding court-ordered restitution payments. On Dec. 22, 2015, newly elected Gov. Matthew G. Bevin issued executive order 2015-052, rescinding the previous Governor’s executive order. As a result, people convicted of any felony in Kentucky must individually apply with the Governor to have their voting rights restored.
Kentucky additionally requires an executive pardon before allowing people convicted of certain misdemeanors (“high misdemeanors” in KY) from ever voting again.
Non Profit Vote – Kentucky’s constitution permanently bars all individuals with past felony convictions from voting, unless the governor restores the right to vote. Contact the Secretary of State or your local election office for more information.