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Everything You Need To Know To Vote In Kentucky's 2020 Primary

Jim Nolan

After more than a month-long delay due to the coronavirus pandemic, Kentuckians finally head to the polls on Tuesday, June 23, to cast their ballots. 

When the crisis began, Gov. Andy Beshear and Secretary of State Michael Adams came to an agreement to delay the state's primary election from May 19 to June 23 and to extend the mail-in voting process. 

Am I Registered To Vote? 

You can check to see if you are registered to vote on the Secretary of State's website. Kentucky holds closed primaries, meaning only voters registered as Democrat or Republican can vote in its party's primary. Independents cannot vote in Kentucky's partisan primary. 

Not registered? Get started now (though you won't be able to vote in this primary).

What Do I Need To Vote? 

Acceptable forms of ID include a government-issued photo ID, credit card or social security card, or you must be known by an election officer. A full list of acceptable options can be found here

Can I Vote By Mail? 

Governor Andy Beshear expanded the state's mail-in voting program for the primary only, though some activists want the change to become permanent. If you wish to vote by mail, you needed to have requested a mail-in ballot by June 15, and it must be postmarked by June 23 or dropped off at the polling location nearest you. 

How Do I Vote In Person?

If you wish to vote in person, note that there will only be one polling place per county on Election Day. You can find yours by entering the information requested here.

All polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. If you are in line at 6 p.m., you will be allowed to vote.

Who's On The Ballot? 

You can view sample ballots here: 

And read more about candidates from past WVXU coverage for: 

NKY 4th District

Results will be updated throughout the night on

Jennifer Merritt brings 20 years of "tra-digital" journalism experience to WVXU.