Early Voting Has Begun in Kentucky. Here's What You Need to Know

Early voting in Kentucky has begun, a few weeks in advance of Election Day — Tuesday, Nov. 3 — giving voters plenty of time to head to the polls and make their voices heard.

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Early voting in Kentucky has begun, a few weeks in advance of Election Day — Tuesday, Nov. 3 — giving voters plenty of time to head to the polls and make their voices heard. 

Registered and eligible voters — which include U.S. Citizens who are Kentucky residents (as of at least 28 days prior to election); 18 years of age; non-convicted felons or pardoned felons; not judged "mentally incompetent" in a court of law; and those who do not claim the right to vote outside of the state — can head to their specified county's early voting location from Oct. 13 to Nov. 2 to cast their votes. 

According to online voting resource howtovote, Kentucky voters will need to bring:

  • A photo ID, such as a driver's license, military ID, college ID or Kentucky government ID, or "be personally known by a precinct election officer." If you don't have a photo ID, you can receive a free ID card at your Kentucky Transportation Cabinet's regional office or clerk's office.
  • If you are unable to bring an ID, voters can sign a "Reasonable Impediment Declaration," in addition to bringing a form of non-photo ID such as your social security card; a Kentucky county-issued ID with your name that has been approved by the State Board of Elections; an additional ID card with voter's photograph and name; a Kentucky-issued food stamp ID card, electronic benefit transfer card or supplemental nutrition assistance card with name; or your debit or credit card. 
  • If a voter is unable to obtain any ID, a provisional ballot will be available. 

Here's where and when you can visit early voting locations in Campbell, Kenton and Boone counties in Northern Kentucky. 

Campbell County 

Campbell County Administration Building, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport

Open 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.- 1 p.m. on Saturdays.

Kenton County

County Government Center, 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Covington 

Open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Independence Senior Center, 2001 Jackwoods Parkway, Independence

Open 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday; 9 a.m-2 p.m. on Saturdays.

Boone County

Boone County Extension Enrichment Center, 1824 Patrick Drive, Burlington

Open 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Monday, Thursday and Fridays; 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; and 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturdays. 

Absentee/Mail-In Voting

Unlike absentee/mail-in voting — which requires you meet certain criteria, like being afraid exposure to COVID, in order to cast your ballot that way — anyone and everyone is able to vote early in person.

However, if you have requested an absentee/mail-in ballot, the emergency orders in Kentucky state: "Once a voter has requested a mail-in absentee ballot, the voter shall not vote in person unless the voter has failed to receive such requested ballot by Oct. 28, 2020." 

If you have not gotten your ballot by Oct. 28, you can vote in person. But to do so, you have to cancel your absentee/mail-in ballot and sign an affidavit saying you did not receive your mail-in ballot or that you lost it.

Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day, Nov. 3, and received by Nov. 6. Or you can drop them in your county drop box. 

Here are the drop box locations for:

  • Campbell County: Campbell County Administration Building, 1098 Monmouth St., Newport or 8330 W.Main St., Alexandria.
  • Boone County: Boone County Clerks Burlington Location, 2950 Washington Square, Burlington; . Boone County Public Library - Florence Branch, 7425 US 42, Florence; 3.Boone County Public Library - Hebron Branch, 1863 North Bend Road, Hebron; Boone County Public Library - Scheben Branch, 8899 US 42, Union.
  • Kenton County:1840 Simon Kenton Way, Covington or Independence Courthouse, 5272 Madison Pike, Indiana

For more Kentucky voter info, visit sos.ky.gov.


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