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2020 Primary Election Early Absentee voting by mail and in person

There have been some big changes to our election this year. But it is more important than ever that we participate in our democracy and vote. Read on for up-to-date information about the 2020 Primary Election. This webpage will be updated regularly as more information is available. 

Make Sure you are ready to vote in the 2020 Primary

1. Check your voter registration. Is the address right? Your name? Do you need to register? This needs to be completed by 4pm May 26th. 

To Request Your Ballot:

  • You will receive a postcard from the Secretary of State around May 22, 2020. This postcard will contain information about how to request a ballot online or by phone. This card will not be forwarded, so if your address or name is not right, update your registration. 

  • Go online at or call the number on the card to request a ballot.

  • Your ballot will arrive with postage prepaid to return it.

  • You MUST request a ballot by June 15, 2020 for it to be mailed to you. After June 16 you must call the County Clerk to pick up a ballot.

  • Fill out your ballot and drop it in the mail NO LATER than June 23, 2020. Your ballot must be postmarked by June 23, 2020.

  • There will also be drop off locations for your ballot that will be announced soon.

What about getting my ballot at the Jefferson County Clerk right now before the Kentucky Board of Election portal opens?

Although you can request an application for an absentee ballot prior to the Board of Election portal opening at the Jefferson County Clerk’s office, this process is more complicated with an extra step of the clerk sending you a paper application that must filled out completely (and it can be a little confusing) and returned by mail with a stamp to receive your ballot. You skip a step if you wait until the online portal and new systems are up and running around May 22, 2020. That said, if you feel confident that you will return the paper application, you can request your ballot application:  

online at

phone 502.574.6100

In-Person Voting— Early and on Election Day

There will be very limited in person voting for the 2020 Primary Election. You will NOT be able to go to your usual polling place on Election Day to vote. These locations should be announced soon by the Jefferson County Clerk. 

You can vote in-person early by making an appointment with the clerk’s office.You can call for an appointment at 502.574.6100. In-person early voting will be between June 8 and June 22. 

There will also be very limited locations to vote on election day. If you possibly can, vote by mail or early. It is anticipated that there will only be a few places to vote in the city and lines could be long.  We will update this page with information about this process once the clerk’s office releases more information.

Stevenson for Kentucky, Kim Stevenson, Treasurer
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