Our democracy cannot pause during this global pandemic. If anything, COVID-19 has shown that we need to elect officials who are prepared, willing and able to lead during a time of crisis. The upcoming 2020 Democratic Primary is your chance to select those candidates who will represent our Party, and its values, in the 2020 General Election.
Due to concerns over public health, Governor Beshear and the State Board of Elections are providing ALL Kentuckians the option of voting in this upcoming primary by Absentee Ballot.
Please review the information on this page regarding Absentee Voting and make plans to ensure that your voice is heard!
REMEMBER THE 3 Rs…
Is your voter registration up-to-date? Have you moved recently? New to town?
Check your registration status here: Voter Information Center
Update your registration here: Online Voter Registration
- Absentee Voting Info Postcards: The State Board of Elections will be sending postcards detailing the Absentee Voting Process on May 22. Though May 26 is the voter registration deadline, we suggest you update any changes to your registration AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to help ensure you get this postcard. (NOTE: You can CLICK HERE to view a sample of the Post Card sent by the County Clerk’s Office regarding the process to registered voters.)
- Party Affiliation Change: Kentucky statutes require voters who wish to change their party affiliation in order to vote in the Primary to do so by December 31 of the previous year. Anyone who changes their party affiliation after that date will not be eligible to vote in the upcoming Democratic Primary.
- New Registrations: Anyone registering in Kentucky for the first time that registers as a Democrat before the May 26 deadline WILL be able to participate in the upcoming Democratic Primary.
- 17-Year Olds: If you are 17 BUT will be 18 by the General Election (November 3, 2020) you can register and vote in this upcoming Democratic Primary.
You can vote absentee two ways – by mail or in person. For this Primary Election, ALL Kentucky Voters are eligible to vote absentee!
To cast your Absentee Ballot by mail you must request your ballot by JUNE 15! To request your ballot:
- From the State Board of Elections Online Portal: CLICK HERE TO REQUEST BALLOT NOW! (PLEASE NOTE: You will need to “sign” your form by confirming your Driver’s License Number. If you do not have a Driver’s License Number, you will need to call the Fayette County Clerk – number below – and request a paper application.)
- From the Fayette County Clerk: Call (859) 253-3344
You can also cast your ballot in person (on a voting machine) between June 8 – 22, by appointment at the Lexington Senior Center (195 Life Lane). Note from the County Clerk: Voting absentee by mail is preferred. The in-person absentee voting times are being held for people who may need special accommodations. Be considerate of your neighbors with disabilities, and take that into consideration before requesting a time to vote absentee in person.
- You can begin making your appointment on June 1 by calling (859) 253-3344.
- Appointment times run between 8:00 AM and 4:30 PM
Information will be available regarding in-person absentee voting on the Fayette County Clerk’s Office here: lexingtonky.gov/vote
NOTE: You can CLICK HERE to view a sample of the Post Card sent by the County Clerk’s Office regarding the process to registered voters.
Once you have checked your registration, requested (and received) your absentee ballot, there is one more CRITICAL step remaining…
RETURN YOUR BALLOT!
- Ballots will be placed in the mail no later than June 16.
- Ballots will be pre-stamped by the Board of Elections.
- BALLOTS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY JUNE 23 and received by the County Clerk’s Office no later than June 27.
- Ballots in Fayette County can be dropped off at a secure drop box from June 15-22 at the President’s Pavillion outside Gate 9 at Kroger Field OR on June 23 at the Commonwealth Tower Lobby at Kroger Stadium.
VOTE ON ELECTION DAY
If you miss the deadlines to request and return your ballot (or vote absentee in person) you can still cast your ballot in-person on Election Day, Tuesday, June 23. Please try and make arrangements to vote by absentee ballot if possible. But if not, here is some important information about Election Day voting:
- Tuesday, June 23, 6:00 AM to 6:00 PM
- ONLY ONE LOCATION in Fayette County: Kroger Field’s Central Bank Field Club
- Voters may enter through either Gate 10 or Gate 11.
- Parking will be available in the Blue Lot.
- If you are in line by 6:00 PM, you will be allowed to vote.
You can check out all of this voting information on the County Clerk’s 2020 Primary Voting webpage at: lexingtonky.gov/vote
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
If I miss the deadline to request an absentee ballot, can I still vote in the Primary on Election Day?
Please see the information above regarding how to vote absentee in-person, by appointment, between June 8-22. Also see the information above about voting on Election Day. You can access that information here: lexingtonky.gov/vote
What races will be on my ballot?
There are a variety of races on the ballot this Primary Election. Here in Fayette County, every voter will be able to cast a vote in the Democratic Primary for President, US Senate and Congress (6th District). Depending on where you live in the county, you may also have primary races for the State House (45th District & 56th District) and non-partisan LFUCG Council Races (3rd District, 9th District). To see your sample ballot, please visit the Fayette County Clerk’s Voter Information Page.
How can I learn about the candidates running in the Primary?
You can visit the FCDP’s 2020 Democratic Primary Candidates page for links to campaign websites, etc. (This includes information from candidates who provided this to the county party.) We would also suggest that you visit the Fayette Democrats’ 2020 Primary Virtual Town Hall page to watch videos of participating candidates answering questions submitted by voters here in Lexington!