What to know before voting in Kentucky

Posted at 5:22 PM, Nov 02, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-02 19:26:08-04

COVINGTON, Ky. -- Just days before the election, Kentucky election officials say voting in Kentucky is much more difficult than voting in neighboring Ohio.

Officials said they've had many calls from people who aren't sure what to do. In some cases, they've had to turn people away from early voting because they weren't properly informed.

Early voting -- technically "absentee voting" -- in Kentucky is only for those who have reasons for being absent on Election Day, like being advanced in age, disabled or ill, or being temporarily overseas or out of town.

The deadline for absentee voting by mail has passed, but it can still be done in person. Contact the local county clerk's office for information.

Officials said the biggest mistake people make is not knowing where to vote.

"We've got people who just moved here and they want to know if they can vote here, and there's a lot of specific laws in Kentucky that don't necessarily make it easy for people if they've moved here recently," Kenton County Clerk Gabrielle Summe said.

Summe recommended calling ahead to wherever residents are registered to vote to see what they can or cannot do on Election Day.

Kentucky residents can also visit to review location and registration info.

When showing up to vote, bring identification like a driver's license, Social Security card, or even a work or military ID with a picture and signature. Voters can also be identified by someone working the polls.

Another common mistake is not leaving enough time to vote, officials said. It's usually busy before 9 a.m., during lunch hours and after 5 p.m.