Absentee Voting Requirements


The following voters qualify to cast an absentee ballot by mail.  An application must be requested before each election in which a voter chooses to vote.  The voter must return the application in person or by mail to our office no later than the Tuesday prior to the election in order for a ballot to be mailed.   An application may be requested in person, by phone, or in writing by the voter, the voter's spouse, parent, or child. 

1. A voter who due to age, disability, or illness will be unable to go to the polls on election day.

2. A student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he/she is registered to vote.

3. A voter who temporarily resides outside the state but who is still eligible to vote in this state (this includes vacationers).

4. A voter who is incarcerated in jail who has been charged with a crime but has yet to be convicted of the crime.

5. A voter whose employment location requires him/her to be absent from the county on election day and all hours and days absentee voting by machine is conducted in the clerk's office.

6. Military personnel confined to a military base on election day.

7. Covered Voters as defined in KRS 117A.010 - Voters who are Members of the Armed Forces and their dependents who will be out of the county on election day and voters residing overseas (temporarily or permanently).

8. A voter who is a participant in the Office of the Secretary of State's address confidentiality program.

The following voters may vote absentee in person on a machine in the Fayette County Clerk's office 8:00-4:30, Monday through Friday, during the walk-in absentee voting period (call the office at 859-255-8683 for the dates each election):

1. A voter who due to age, disability, or illness will be unable to go to the polls on election day.

2. A voter who will be outside the county on election day.

3. A student who temporarily resides outside the county in which he/she is registered who will be out of the county on election day.

4. A voter who is a member of the Armed Forces or a dependent of a member of the Armed Forces and will be out of the county on election day.

5. A voter who is a member of the Armed Forces who will be confined to a base within the county on election day and who learns of that confinement within seven days or less of the election.

6. A voter who is a US citizen residing overseas and will be out of the county on election day.

7. A voter or spouse of a voter who has surgery scheduled that will require hospitalization on election day.

8. A woman in her last trimester of pregnancy.