Voter Information

Military and Overseas Citizens 


Military personnel and civilians who are temporarily or permanently overseas, military personnel who are stationed in the U.S. away from their hometown, and their spouses and dependents, are eligible to vote in Kentucky by absentee ballot under the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) and Kentucky state law.  The State Board of Elections partnered with the Overseas Vote Foundation to create a voter registration and absentee ballot request online wizard to make it easier for all Kentucky voters in the military, their dependents, and overseas citizens to vote in elections.                      

Click Voter Information Center to find out if you are registered to vote in Kentucky.

Click online wizard to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot.

Click sample ballot to see a sample ballot for your county.

Click Military Overseas Guide if you would like to print out a tri-fold brochure for military voter information.

Check the status of your absentee ballot request, to learn the date the county clerk sent the absentee ballot to you, and to learn the date the county clerk received your absentee ballot. Please use one of the following links.

  • Click here if your voter registration address is in Fayette County.
  • Click here if your voter registration address is in Jefferson County.
  • Click here if your voter registration address is in any of the other 118 counties.


Military & Overseas Citizens Absentee Question & Answers 

How do I apply for an absentee ballot?

You will need to complete the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). The FPCA can be used as an application for an absentee ballot and to register to vote in Kentucky.

  • Click Voter Information Center to find out if you are registered to vote in Kentucky.
  • If you are not registered to vote in Kentucky:
    • Complete an FPCA using our online wizard to register to vote and request an absentee ballot. The FPCA must be received by fax, email, or mail by the voter registration book closing deadline, which is 29 days before an election.
  • If you are registered to vote in Kentucky:
    • Complete an FPCA using our online wizard to request an absentee ballot. The FPCA must be received by fax, email, or mail, at least 7 days before the election.

Where can I obtain the FPCA?

The FPCA can be found at the following locations:

What should I do after I have completed the FPCA?

The FPCA can be emailed, faxed, or mailed to the county clerk of the county of your voting address.

Email Procedures:

  1. Complete the FPCA, print, sign, and scan it as a PDF document;
  2. Email the scanned PDF document to the county clerk of the county of your voting address. Click county clerk for a list of email addresses;
  3. The county clerk will review the FPCA. If your application is complete and received by the deadlines, the county clerk will email you an absentee ballot with the races and candidates for your voting precinct and instructions for voting as a PDF document;
  4. You will follow the instructions for voting, vote the absentee ballot, and mail the absentee ballot to the county clerk. When mailed from any U.S. post office, U.S. embassy or consulate, or APO/FPO mail facility, the hardcopy voter registration/absentee ballot form is postage-paid. In order to receive free postage, the online version of the form must be mailed in an envelope printed with Federal Voter Assistance Program'spostage-paid envelope template. You must pay postage if the materials are mailed from a non-U.S. postal facility. Emailing a voted absentee ballot is not permitted pursuant to state law, and emailed voted ballots will not be counted. All absentee ballots must be received at the county clerk’s office by 6:00 PM, local time, on election day; and
  5. Check the status of your absentee ballot to learn the date the county clerk emailed the absentee ballot to you and the date the county clerk received your voted absentee ballot.

Fax Procedures:

  1. Complete the FPCA, print, and sign;
  2. Fax the signed FPCA to the county clerk of the county for your voting address. Click county clerk for a list of fax numbers;
  3. The county clerk will review the FPCA. If your application is complete and received by the deadline, the county clerk will fax you an absentee ballot with the races and candidates for your voting precinct and instructions for voting;
  4. You will follow the instructions for voting, vote the absentee ballot, and mail the absentee ballot to the county clerk. When mailed from any U.S. post office, U.S. embassy or consulate, or APO/FPO mail facility, the hardcopy voter registration/absentee ballot form is postage-paid. In order to receive free postage, the online version of the form must be mailed in an envelope printed with Federal Voter Assistance Program'spostage-paid envelope template. You must pay postage if the materials are mailed from a non-U.S. postal facility.  Faxing a voted absentee ballot is not permitted pursuant to state law, and a faxed voted absentee ballot will not be counted. All absentee ballots must be received at the county clerk’s office by 6:00 PM, local time, on election day; and
  5. Check the status of your absentee ballot to learn the date the county clerk faxed the absentee ballot to you and the date the county clerk received your voted absentee ballot.

Mail Procedures:

  1. Complete the FPCA and sign;
  2. Mail the signed FPCA to the county clerk of the county of your voting address. Click county clerk for a list of mailing addresses;
  3. The county clerk will review the FPCA. If your application is complete and received by the deadline, the county clerk will mail you an absentee ballot with the races and candidates for your voting address, instructions for voting, and return envelopes;
  4. You will follow the instructions for voting, vote the absentee ballot, and mail the absentee ballot to the county clerk in the envelopes provided by the county clerk. When mailed from any U.S. post office, U.S. embassy or consulate, or APO/FPO mail facility, the hardcopy voter registration/absentee ballot form is postage-paid. In order to receive free postage, the online version of the form must be mailed in an envelope printed with Federal Voter Assistance Program's postage-paid envelope template. You must pay postage if the materials are mailed from a non-U.S. postal facility.  All absentee ballots must be received at the county clerk’s office by 6:00 PM, local time on election day; and
  5. Check the status of your absentee ballot to learn the county clerk mailed the absentee ballot to you and the date the county clerk received your voted absentee ballot.

What if I do not receive my absentee ballot?

A Federal Write-in Absentee ballot (FWAB) is a back-up absentee ballot that can be used when you have requested an absentee ballot in a timely manner, but do not receive the absentee ballot. In Kentucky, the FWAB is valid for federal races only.  Click to check the status of your FWAB.

Where can I obtain the FWAB?

What if I will be confined to the military base in Kentucky on Election Day?

Any military person who will be confined to a base on Election Day can apply for a paper absentee ballot which can be mailed to the in-county home address at least 7 days before an election. Or, if you are told of your confinement within 7 days or less of the election, you may vote on the absentee voting machine in the County Clerk office of your home county. 

How long is my FPCA valid?

An application is valid from the time it is received through the next general election. An absentee ballot will be sent automatically for all elections in which you are eligible to vote during that time.  You must reapply each time your mailing address changes or after each general election.

What if I require further assistance?

Contact the following entities:

 
Click Voter Information Center to find out if you are registered to vote in Kentucky.

Click online wizard to register to vote and/or request an absentee ballot.

Check the status of your absentee ballot request, to learn the date the county clerk sent the absentee ballot to you, and to learn the date the county clerk received your absentee ballot. Please use one of the following links.

Click here if your voter registration address is in Fayette County.

Click here if your voter registration address is in Jefferson County.

Click here if your voter registration address is in any of the other 118 counties.