The General Election for state and federal seats is set for November 3rd but the rules and deadlines for voting have been changed, due to the pandemic. 


  • First, be sure you are registered to vote.  If you voted in the primary and have not moved or changed your name since then, you are good to go.  If anything has changed (address or name) or if you have not been registered before, Go to to register or to update your registration!  The deadline is 4:00 p.m. local time on Monday, October 5, 2020.   
  • Second, decide how you want to vote.  Governor Beshear and Secretary of State Adams have reached a bipartisan agreement about the available methods of voting and timelines for the November General Election. Click here to see those options.
  • Third, who is running in the General Assembly elections?  We have prepared a list of all incumbent legislators and challengers in each of Kentucky’s 120 counties and posted it for you on the KPA website (  You can verify who your current House and Senator members are by going to and clicking on the Kentucky map or typing in your home address.  You can then locate your legislators on the KPA Election Candidate grid by county and name and will be able to identify whether they have an opponent in the November election and who the challenger is.  If the seat is being vacated due to a resignation or a defeat in the primary, each of the candidates for the office is listed.  The challengers are listed with their party affiliation (Democratic, Republican, Libertarian, Independent).
  • Fourth, do your homework!  Information about the candidates can be found on their campaign websites, in whatever media you get your information from (newspaper, radio, online), or from the political parties of their affiliation.  Check with the candidates to see if they are sponsoring or participating in any online events where they will be talking about their position on issues.  The League of Women Voters (LWV) is a nonpartisan organization of long-standing that publishes information about candidates and often hosts candidate forums in various locations.  Kentuckians for the Commonwealth (KFTC) is a grassroots social, economic, and environmental justice organization that sends out pre-election questionnaires to candidates and then publishes their responses.  Also, check the KY Educational Television (KET) schedule for the Monday evening “Kentucky Tonight” show which typically features interviews with candidates for statewide and federal offices.
  • Fifth, how can YOU make a difference?  GET INVOLVED:  It is not too late to get active in this election cycle:  host a (virtual) neighborhood gathering for a candidate, put out yard signs, volunteer to send postcards, walk the district for a candidate to distribute materials, contribute to the KPA PAC or to the candidates of your choice (campaigns are expensive!), volunteer with the political party of your choice or sign up to be a poll worker if your health is not at risk with COVID.  Above all –VOTE!   We know that elections have consequences.  We also know that every vote can make a difference.  In the 2018 election cycle, several KY House seats were decided by fewer than 10 votes!  As political science professor, Larry Sabato pointed out: “Every election is determined by the people who show up.”  Be one of those people! 

Absentee Voting:  Voting via a mail-in or dropped-off ballot will again be available in this election.  You may request your absentee ballot to be mailed to you by requesting it at   If any of the reasons listed – including “concern about contracting or spreading COVID-19” – apply to you, simply check the box and continue to follow the instructions.  The portal opened on August 21st and will close at midnight on October 9th.  Your absentee ballot will be sent to you in mid-September.  You may also request an absentee ballot from your County Clerk.  Plan to (correctly) fill out and mail or deposit your ballot soon after you receive it, to make sure that it is counted.  Absentee ballots must be postmarked no later than November 3rd and received by November 6, 2020.  You may return your completed ballot via the US Mail…or if you don’t trust mail delivery, there will be designated secure drop-off boxes in each county where you can safely deposit your ballot.  As KPA gets more information about the location of drop-off boxes, we will post it on our website.  PLEASE NOTE:  A large number of absentee ballots in the Primary election were not counted because the voter did not follow the exact instructions for marking their choices and then signing both the inner envelope and the outer envelope.  Please be sure to follow the instructions so that your vote is counted!

In-Person Early Voting:  Should you choose to do so, you may vote in-person beginning on October 13th.  You do not need a reason to vote early.  There will be at least one “supercenter” voting location in each county where all precincts can vote.  It is unclear at this time how many additional locations will be open in each county for early voting.  Again, as KPA gets this information, we will post it.  The in-person early voting locations will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. local time and on Saturdays (10/17, 10/24, 10/31) for four hours.  No appointment is necessary. 

Voting on Election Day As you know, each county had only one voting location on Primary Election Day with resulting long lines and some not being able to get there to vote.  We understand that there will be more than one voting location in each county, but the number and location are yet to be determined.  As that information becomes available, KPA will post it.  The voting hours remain unchanged – 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time.  Many Kentuckians have urged longer voting hours on election day, but this change would require legislative action.  Officials hope to be able to report election results on November 3rd.  The newly-passed requirement for an official ID has been loosened due to COVID-19.  If an individual does not have an ID, they may indicate the reason why and still vote.