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Registering to vote is easy and convenient! The following requirements must be met in order to register:
- You must be a U.S. Citizen and a Kentucky resident for a minimum of 28 days.
- You must be 18 years of age by the date of the next general election. General Elections are held the first Tuesday after the first Monday in November. You are eligible to vote in the May primary election if you will be 18 by the November general election.
- You must not have been convicted of a felony. If you have been convicted of a felony, your civil rights must have been restored in order to be eligible to vote. For more information regarding restoration of rights, contact the Graves County Office of Probation and Parole.
- You must not have been judged mentally incompetent in a court of law.
- You must not claim the right to vote anywhere outside of Kentucky.
If you meet the above requirements, you may register to vote by completing a voter registration form and submitting it to the Graves County Clerk’s office at least 29 days prior to an election.
Registration forms are available at the following locations:
- Grave’s County Clerk’s Office.
- Driver’s License Division of the Grave’s County Circuit Clerk’s office.
- AFDC, Food Stamp, Medicaid, WIC, and state funded offices.
- Armed Forces Recruitment Offices.
- High School students may register at school.
- Federal mail-in voter registration form.
- Download a Voter Registration Form (Form 5041503).
- Request a Voter Registration Form via eMail.
Voting and Polling Locations:
On Election Day, the polls are open from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m., Central Standard Time. You are eligible to vote as long as you are in line by 6 p.m. You can check your polling location (based upon your current voter registration information) at the following link – Polling Locations.
Kentucky recognizes three political distinctions and you must choose a political party when registering to vote. These parties are: Democrat Party, Republican Party, and Other (designate political organization). Because Kentucky has closed party primary elections, you must register as a DEMOCRAT or REPUBLICAN to be eligible to vote in that party’s May primary election. If you register as OTHER, you will not be eligible to vote in the Democrat or Republican party primaries but you may vote for all nonpartisan offices primaries, such as judicial, school board and urban county council. All eligible voters can vote in the November general election.
You may obtain a paper absentee ballot if you are unable to get to the polls on Election Day, and you meet any one of the following requirements:
- due to advanced age, disability, illness, or medical emergency
- you are a member of the Armed Forces
- you are the dependent of a member of the Armed Forces
- you are a U.S. citizen residing overseas
- 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
The deadline for applying for a paper absentee ballot is 7 days before an election. You may apply for a paper absentee ballot due to a medical emergency up to the day of the election. You may request an application in person, by mail, by phone, or by fax.
If you are going to be out of the county on Election Day and you do not qualify for a paper absentee ballot (as listed above), you may vote in the County Clerk’s office any of the 21 business days preceding the election.
Military & Overseas Citizens Overview:
Military personnel who wish to vote, but will be out of the country on Election Day may make an application to vote by absentee ballot. There are several ways to vote by absentee ballot and you may click here to find out more. We encourage you to call or eMail us with your questions.