Kentucky Polling Hours & Key Election Day Info 2016

Kentucky voters line up to cast their votes in the nation's midterm election at Bryan Station High School November 4, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Getty)

Kentucky voters line up to cast their votes in the nation’s midterm election at Bryan Station High School November 4, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Getty)

Kentucky voters will head to the polls Tuesday to cast votes for federal and state offices. In addition to the contentious presidential race, the ballot also features a Congressional race in each of the state’s six districts, and state legislative races.

Here’s what you need to know as you head to the polls:

POLLING HOURS & LOCATIONS: Polls in Kentucky will be open from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. local time on Election Day. If you’re in line before 6 p.m. and haven’t yet voted, you’ll be able to vote after 6 p.m. If you’re unsure at which precinct you’ll be voting, you can find out through the voter information tool on the Secretary of the State’s website.

REGISTRATION GUIDELINES: Kentucky does not offer same-day registration. The state requires voters to register at least 29 days before Election Day. If you’re unsure whether you’re already registered, you can check your status by going to the Secretary of State’s website via the state’s registration lookup tool.

TRACKING RESULTS: There are a number of ways to track results. The Secretary of State’s website will be posting results. Politico will also post state-by-state results online, you can find the results from Kentucky here.

WHAT’S AT STAKE IN FEDERAL RACES: Donald Trump is favored to carry the state’s eight electoral votes.

Kentucky voted Republican in both the 2008 and 2012 presidential races. Republican Mitt Romney beat President Obama in the state in 2012 by 22.7 percentage points.

Republican Sen. Rand Paul is facing Democrat Jim Gray in the race for the Kentucky Senate seat currently held by Paul.

Kentucky has five members in the House of Representatives, one Democrat and four Republicans. Every House seat is up for re-election. Click here for a map of the state’s congressional districts.

  • In the first district, Democrat Sam Gaskins is running against Republican James Comer.
  • In the third district, Republican Harold Bratcher is challenging Democratic Rep. John Yarmuth.
  • In the fourth district, Democrat Calvin Sidle is challenging Republican Rep. Thomas Massie.
  • In the sixth district, Democrat Nancy Jo Kemper is challenging Republican Rep. Andy Barr.


Republicans hold the majority in the Senate along with control of the governor’s mansion.

Every seat in the state House of Representatives (100 of them) is on the ballot. Nineteen of the State Senate seats are also up for re-election. Democrats hold majority in the House (53-46). However the Republicans hold majority in the Senate (27-11).

Republican Matt Bevin has served as Governor of Kentucky since 2015 and is up for re-election in 2018.

Ballotpedia has a full list of elections in the House and the Senate.