The 2020 general election will be held on Tuesday, November 3. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there will be several ways to vote in Kentucky, both on Election Day and the weeks leading up to it. Besides the presidential and senate races, the ballot will also include a special election for Jefferson Family Court (Div. 3) and two proposed constitutional amendments. Use this guide to make your vote count in the 2020 election.

Three Ways to Vote

Due to COVID-19 concerns, Kentuckians will have three options to vote in the 2020 general election.

Absentee Voting

All Kentuckians may request an absentee ballot due to COVID-19 concerns. Ballots must be requested by Friday, October 9 at 11:59 p.m. Absentee ballots that are returned by mail must be postmarked by Tuesday, November 3 and received by Friday, November 6. For those concerned with postal delays, drop boxes will be available at the four early-voting locations. Absentee ballots must be dropped off during early voting hours (Monday-Saturday, 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.)

Early Voting

Any Kentuckian may vote early for any reason. Early voting is NOT absentee voting. Early voting will begin on Tuesday, October 13 and end Monday, November 2. Early voting in Jefferson County will take place at the KFC Yum Center, the Kentucky Exposition Center, Louisville Marriot East and the Kentucky Center for African American Heritage. Hours are Monday-Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Election Day Voting

Election Day voting will take place on Tuesday, November 3 from 6 a.m. – 6 p.m. Jefferson County will have 20 polling locations, all which will be voting “super centers” where any Jefferson County resident may vote at any location. The locations for Election Day voting are:

  1. Kentucky Exposition Center: 937 Phillips Lane, Fairgrounds North Wing
  2. KFC Yum Center: Main and Second streets, foyer
  3. Kentucky Center for African American Heritage: 1701 West Muhammad Ali Blvd.
  4. Louisville Marriott East: 1903 Embassy Square Blvd., Commonwealth Ballroom
  5. Ballard High School: 6000 Brownsboro Road
  6. Carter Duvalle Elementary School : 3600 Bohne Ave.
  7. Crosby Middle School: 303 Gatehouse Lane  
  8. Fairdale High School: 1001 Fairdale Road 
  9. Fern Creek High School: 9115 Fern Creek Road 
  10. Iroquois High School: 4615 Taylor Blvd.
  11. Jeffersontown High School: 9600 Old Six Mile Lane 
  12. Meyzeek Middle School: 828 S. Jackson St.
  13. Seneca High School: 3510 Goldsmith Lane
  14. Shawnee High School: 4001 Herman St. 
  15. Southern High School : 8620 Preston Highway
  16. St. Matthews Community Center: 310 Ten Pin Lane
  17. Thomas Jefferson Middle School: 1501 Rangeland Road  
  18. Valley High School: 10200 Dixie Highway 
  19. Waggener High School: 330 S. Hubbards Lane
  20. Western High School: 2501 Rockford Lane

Voters to Consider Proposed Amendments to Kentucky Constitution

Unbeknownst to many Kentucky voters, November’s election ballot will include two proposed constitutional amendments that they will be asked to consider. Both amendments passed the Kentucky General Assembly by wide margins but must be approved by a majority of voters before they become part of the state constitution.

Pursuant to a 2019 ruling by the Kentucky Supreme Court, the full text of both proposed amendments will appear on the ballot. This may overwhelm many voters who will not take the time to understand, or even read, the amendments’ technical language. CLICK HERE for the full text of both amendments as they will appear on the ballot.

In February, the LBA Board of Directors voiced its support for HB 405, the bill that ultimately passed the Kentucky General Assembly and resulted in Constitutional Amendment 2 being placed on the November ballot for voters’ approval. Review an editorial in support of the proposed amendment from the Kentucky District Judges Association and District Judges for a Better Commonwealth HEREWatch a video in support of the proposed amandment from District Judges for a Better Commonwealth HERE.  

Jefferson Family Court Election

A special election for a seat in Jefferson Family Court (Div. 3) will be on the November 3 ballot. Three candidates - Lori Goodwin, Ellie Kerstetter and Daren Neel - are vying to serve the remaining two years of the term of Judge Deborah Deweese who retired at the end of 2019. As it has done in past years, the LBA recently polled Jefferson County attorneys for their opinions of the qualifications of candidates for this office. CLICK HERE to view the results of the poll.

On Thursday, October 1, the LBA and the Women Lawyers Association of Jefferson County hosted a judicial candidates forum for Jefferson Family Court. The candidates discussed their qualifications for the position and answered questions from moderators. CLICK HERE to watch a recording of the forum.

Voter ID Info

Effective July 15, 2020, all Kentuckians must produce a photo ID when voting. Senate Bill 2, which the General Assembly passed in April, requires that Kentuckians show proof of identification to the poll clerk before casting a ballot. The ID must be issued by the United States, the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the Department of Defense, a college or university, or a local government. It must also have the name and photo of the individual seeking to vote.

Kentuckians who were unable to get a driver’s license or photo ID because their clerk’s office was closed due to the pandemic, or because they were concerned with the spread of COVID-19, may sign a document explaining this concern, produce an approved non-photo ID, and cast their ballot. The document may be signed on www.govoteky.com for absentee voters or in person at your voting location.

For all up to date information on the general election, including sample ballots, polling locations and election results, please visit www.govoteky.com