Election Department Overview
The Voter Registration Department performs a wide variety of duties related to the election process. We are responsible for registering voters, keeping the voter registrations up-to-date, providing voting locations, recruiting poll workers for election day, maintaining and securing the voting machines, and providing election results once the election process is complete.
Our goal is to always provide accurate up-to-date information to voters as well as potential candidates who wish to run for office.
Our normal hours of operation can be found on our contact page.
In-Person Absentee Voting
On May 4-6, 2022, and May 9-11, 2022 from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.
Jessamine County Court House Fiscal Courtroom
101 N Main St, Nicholasville, KY 40356
*You must meet the requirements to be eligible to vote IN-PERSON ABSENTEE
The dates the absentee portal will be open for the May 2022 Primary will be April 2nd – May 3rd. All requests must be made by 11:59 p.m. on May 3rd.
Requesting a Mail-In Absentee Ballot
Per KRS 117.085 – Except for medical emergencies occurring within fourteen (14) days of the primary or general election, absentee mail-in ballots must be requested through the KY State Board of Elections secure online portal no later than 11:59 p.m. local time, fourteen (14) days before the primary or general election in which a voter wants to vote. If you qualify to cast a mail-in ballot for one of the reasons below you may access the portal at www.govoteky.com. The absentee ballot tab will not be available until forty-five (45) days before the date of the primary or general election.
Kentucky state law requires voters to have a qualifying excuse in order to cast an absentee ballot by mail. The following voters qualify to apply for a mail-in ballot:
- A resident of Kentucky who is a covered voter as defined in KRS 117A.010;
- A student who temporarily resides outside the county of his or her residence;
- Incarcerated in jail and charged with a crime, but has not been convicted of the crime;
- Changing or has changed his or her place of residence to a different state while the registration books are closed in the new state of residence before an election of electors for President and Vice President of the United States, in which case the voter shall be permitted to cast a mail-in absentee ballot for electors for President and Vice President of the United States only;
- Temporarily residing outside the state but still eligible to vote in this state;
- Prevented from voting in person at the polls on election day and from casting an in-person absentee ballot on all days in-person absentee voting is conducted because his or her employment location requires him or her to be absent from the county of his or her residence all hours and all days in-person absentee voting is conducted;
- A participant in the Secretary of State’s crime victim address confidentiality protection program as authorized by KRS 14.312; or
- Not able to appear at the polls on Election Day or the days in-person absentee voting is conducted on the account of age, disability, or illness, and who has not been declared mentally disabled by a court of competent jurisdiction.
If you qualify for a mail-in ballot and have any problems completing and submitting your application on the portal, please call our office for assistance at (859) 885-4161.
Options to Return Your Ballot:
You can mail your Absentee Ballot to the Jessamine County Clerk’s Office at 101 North Main St, Nicholasville, KY 40356 or bring your Absentee Ballot to our Ballot Drop Box located in the Jessamine County Courthouse at 101 North Main St, Nicholasville, KY 40356
All ballots must be received in the Jessamine County Clerk’s Office before 6:00P.M.
On Election Day (5-17-2022) prevailing time
Military and Overseas Voters
Military personnel, their dependents, and citizens who live overseas (temporarily or indefinitely) are permitted to cast an absentee ballot in one of the following ways:
- The voter may vote on the voting machine in the County Clerk’s office if the voter will be absent from the county on Election Day, or if the voter learns he/she will be confined to a base within the county on Election Day.
- Voters who will be out of the county may apply for a mail-in ballot that will be sent to the voters out of county address, their fax or email address at the voter’s request. A Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) may be used to make this request. It can be found at www.fvap.gov and it must reach us seven (7) days prior to the election. The ballot must be returned to our office by mail no later than Election Day.