Voter registration deadline nears

By Mary Ann Kearns - [email protected]
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Kentucky residents have a week to register to vote before the books close prior to the May Primary Election.

April 23 is the final date for voters to be eligible to cast a ballot on May 22, according to the Kentucky Board of Elections. Following the end of business on that date, books will be closed until the Monday after the primary, officials said.

Voters may also register online at

“We’ve made it easy to register to vote in Kentucky with, and we are extremely proud of the portal’s success. As of today, more than half a million people have used to register, check or update their registration, or use the other voter tools,” said Kentucky Secretary of Sate Allison Grimes. “I hope every Kentuckian who is not registered but is eligible will save time and go online to to get registered before next week’s deadline.”

Voters who have recently moved need to update their voter registration information by no later than April 23, 2018

On May 4-21, voters may make application to vote absentee in the county clerk’s office at least 12 working days before the election, although the date may vary depending on the clerk’s decision to offer or not Saturday voting.

From May 8-22, paper absentee ballots can be requested for a medical emergency, according to the Board of Elections. Mail-in ballots may be requested until May 15 and must be received by the county clerk by 6 p.m. on Election Day.

Polls in Kentucky are open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. on Election Day. To find your precinct or to request an absentee ballot, contact the county clerk in your county of residence.


By Mary Ann Kearns

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