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Disability Voting Information

Some Voting Facts:

  • People with disabilities are the largest minority in America (54 million).
  • There are 35 million Americans with disabilities of voting age, and 25 million are registered to vote.
  • Over the past twenty-four years, 85% of all registered voters turned out for presidential elections.

1984 Voting Accessibility Act:
This act says that all polling places are required to be physically accessible.  If a polling place is not accessible, then it should be moved to another location, or be made temporarily accessible.  It is only when this is not possible that your local election officials can require you to vote by an alternative method, such as curbside voting.  

The organization, Justice for All has heard that the Voting Rights Section of the U.S. Department of Justice will begin enforcing the 1984 Voting Accessibility for the Elderly and Handicapped Act, which contains stricter requirements than the ADA.

To be eligible to vote in the state of Kentucky you must:

  • Be a U.S. Citizen and a Kentucky resident for at least 28 days
  • Be at least 18 years old by the date of the next general election.  If you will be 18 by the November general election, then you can vote in the prior May primary election.
  • Not be a convicted felon or, if you have been convicted of a felony, your civil rights have been restored
  • Not have been judged “mentally incompetent” in a court of law
  • Not claim the right to vote anywhere outside of Kentucky

In order to be eligible to vote you must first register to vote.  In the state of Kentucky you can register to vote at least 28 days prior to the next election through any of the following sources:

  • County Clerk’s office
  • Driver’s License office, if you are applying to renew your driver’s license
  • K-TAP, Food Stamp, Medicaid, WIC and state funded offices serving those with disabilities, if you are a client of these Public Assistance offices
  • Armed Forces Recruitment offices, if you are a prospective member of the armed forces
  • High School students may register at school
  • Kentucky mail-in voter registration form
  • Federal mail-in voter registration form

 Kentucky allows registration for three political distinctions:

  • Democratic Party
  • Republican Party
  • Other

Kentucky has closed party primary elections, which means that you must register as a Democrat or Republican to vote in that party’s May primary election.  If you register as Other, you cannot vote in the Democrat or Republican party primaries but may vote in judicial, school board and some city council primaries.  All eligible voters may vote in the November general election.

What if I have special needs at the polls?
People who require voting assistance due to physical disability and/or blindness may request voting assistance at the polls on election day.  Physical disability and blindness are the only to reasons that a voter may apply to a County Board of Elections for permanent voting assistance.  A person may receive assistance from someone of their choice or the two precinct judges at the polls.  A person may not be assisted by their employer, his or her agent, a union officer or agent of that voter’s union.

How do I know where to vote?
You will receive a notice in the mail which lists your precinct name and your voting location address.  The polls are open from 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM, local time.  You can contact your County Clerk’s office for any question concerning where to vote.

Can I request an absentee ballot?
An absentee ballot may be requested at the County Clerk’s office if you meet any of the following qualifications:

  • Due to advanced age, disability, illness or medical emergency.
  • You are a member of the Armed Forces or the dependent of a member of the Armed Forces
  • You temporarily reside overseas but are still eligible to vote in Kentucky
  • You are a student attending school outside the county of your voter registration
  • You temporarily reside outside the state but are still eligible to vote in Kentucky
  • You are incarcerated in jail and have been charged but not convicted of a crime
  • You work outside of the county and are unable to either vote early in the county clerk’s office or in your polling place on the election day



Link to Voters Registration Form

Visit these sites for more information:

Getting Out the Disability Vote

National Voter's Registration Form

Your State's Election Vote

Project Vote Smart




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