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Recent and Upcoming Election Dates And Deadlines

This page contains dates and deadlines information on elections occurring in Kentucky.

Election dates and deadlines vary by locality. Please be advised that these dates are updated regularly but are subject to scheduling changes at the local level.

Please contact your local election office for more detailed information about the laws concerning election dates,poll hours,poll locations, voter id requirements,absentee voting, voter registration, name or address changes that would apply in your case.

2018 Election Dates & Deadlines

2018 May 22 Primary Election -- Date: May 22,2018

Deadlines
January 30, 2018 Candidate Ballot Access - Filing ends:Candidate filing deadline: last day to file nomination papers for candidates who must run in primary
March 20, 2018 Last day for county board of elections to apoint precinct officers:Last day for county boards of elections to appoint precinct officers
April 2, 2018 Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots:Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots for primary
May 22, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by clerk before 6 p.m., prevailing time.

2018 November 6 General Election -- Date: November 6,2018

Deadlines
September 17, 2018 Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots:Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots
September 20, 2018 :Last day for county clerks to transmit absentee ballots to voters who request absentee ballots prior to the printing of the ballots (within 3 days of the receipt of the printed ballots).
September 22, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Last day for county clerks to transmit absentee ballots to military and overseas voters whose absentee ballot requests are received by that date (45 days before the election)
October 9, 2018 Voter Registration Ends:Last day to register to vote for the general election.
October 30, 2018 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Last day to apply for mail-in absentee ballot (not later than close of business 7 days before election).
November 6, 2018 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by clerk before 6 p.m., prevailing time.

2019 Election Dates & Deadlines

2019 May 21 Primary Election -- Date: May 21,2019

Deadlines
March 20, 2019 Last day to submit names for precinct officers appointment to county boards of elections:Last day for county boards of elections to appoint precinct officers
April 1, 2019 Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots:Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots for primary
April 4, 2019 Absentee Ballot Request ends:Last day for county clerks to transmit absentee ballots to voters who request absentee ballots prior to the printing of the ballots (within 3 days of the receipt of the printed ballots).
April 6, 2019 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Last day for county clerk to transmit absentee ballots to military and overseas voters whose absentee ballot requests are received by that date (45 days before the election).
April 22, 2019 Voter Registration Ends:Last day to register to vote for the primary.
May 7, 2019 Absentee Ballot Request starts:Voter and his/her spouse may request paper absentee ballot because of medical emergency (within 14 days or less of an election).
May 14, 2019 Absentee Ballot Request deadline:By Mail:Last day to apply for mail-in absentee ballot (not later than close of business 7 days before primary). Applications, including the declaration accompanying a federal write-in absentee ballot,must be received by this day.
May 21, 2019 Absentee Ballot return deadline :By Mail:Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by clerk before 6 p.m., prevailing time.
May 21, 2019 Absentee Ballot Request ends:Voter and his/her spouse may request paper absentee ballot because of medical emergency (within 14 days or less of an election).

2019 November 5 General Election -- Date: November 5,2019

Deadlines
September 16, 2019 Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots:Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots (at least 50 days before election).
September 19, 2019 Last day for county clerks to mail ballots to voters:Last day for county clerks to transmit absentee ballots to voters who request absentee ballots prior to the printing of the ballots (within 3 days of the receipt of the printed ballots).
September 21, 2019 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Last day for county clerk to transmit absentee ballots to military and overseas voters whose absentee ballot requests are received by that date (45 days before the election).
October 7, 2019 Voter Registration Ends:Last day to register to vote for the general election.
October 25, 2019 Last day to submit names for precinct officers appointment to county boards of elections:Last day for county boards of elections to send precinct officers written notice of appointment (not less than 10 days before election).
October 29, 2019 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Last day to apply for mail-in absentee ballot (not later than close of business 7 days before election). Applications, including the declaration accompanying a federal write-in absentee ballot,must be received by this day.
November 15, 2019 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by clerk before 6 p.m., prevailing time.

2020 Election Dates & Deadlines

2020 May 19 Primary Election -- Date: May 19,2020

Deadlines
March 30, 2020 Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots:Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots for primary (50 days before primary).
April 2, 2020 Last day for the county elections official to mail the sample ballots out:Last day for county clerks to transmit absentee ballots to voters who request absentee ballots prior to the printing of the ballots (within 3 days of the receipt of the printed ballots).
April 4, 2020 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Last day for county clerks to transmit absentee ballots to military and overseas voters whose absentee ballot requests are received by that date (45 days before the election).
April 20, 2020 Voter Registration Ends:Last day to register to vote for the primary.
May 8, 2020 Last day to submit names for precinct officers appointment to county boards of elections:Last day for county boards of elections togive precinct officers written notice of appointment(not less than 10 days before primary).
May 12, 2020 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Last day to apply for mail-in absentee ballot (not later than close of business 7 days before primary). Applications, including the declaration accompanying a federal write-in absentee ballot, must be received by this day.
May 19, 2020 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by clerk before 6 p.m., prevailing time.

2020 November 3 General Election -- Date: November 3,2020

Deadlines
September 14, 2020 Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots:Deadline for printing of regular and absentee ballots (at least 50 days before election).
September 17, 2020 Last day for the county elections official to mail the sample ballots out:Last day for county clerks to transmit absentee ballots to voters who request absentee ballots prior to the printing of the ballots (within 3 days of the receipt of the printed ballots).
September 19, 2020 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - UOCAVA citizens:Last day for county clerks to transmit absentee ballots to military and overseas voters whose absentee ballot requests are received by that date (45 days before the election).
October 5, 2020 Voter Registration Ends:Last day to register to vote for the general election.
October 27, 2020 Absentee Ballot Request deadline - By Mail:Last day to apply for mail-in absentee ballot (not later than close of business 7 days before election). Applications, including the declaration accompanying a federal write-in absentee ballot,must be received by this day.
November 3, 2020 Absentee Ballot return deadline - By Mail:Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by clerk before 6 p.m., prevailing time.

Good To Know

Note

Laws, rules, and procedures in State and local elections may differ depending on the type of election.

General Elections

General elections have the most offices and issues on the ballot and usually generate more interest and higher turnout than any other elections. Most offices on the general election ballot are partisan.

Primary and Caucus

Primary elections are one means by which a political party nominates candidates for the next general election. The main difference between a caucus and a primary is that a caucus involves face-to-face interaction between voters, where voters can try to persuade one another to vote for (or against) a certain candidate.

Municipal Elections

In municipal elections, registered voters elect members of their local government, such as mayors, council people, township supervisors and district judges.

School Elections

School elections are held to elect school board members and community college directors

Special Elections

A special election is held when someone who is already in office can no longer serve and must be replaced. All registered voters in the district can vote in a special election.

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