Kentucky primary elections 2022: Where to vote early in Louisville? – Courier Journal

Starting Thursday, all Kentucky voters get three days of early voting to cast their ballots in the state’s primary election, with no excuse needed.

That’s following legislation state lawmakers passed with bipartisan support to make early voting a normal part of elections here, in a move inspired by Kentucky’s first experience with such expanded voting options during the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Here’s where and when you can vote early in Jefferson County this week: 

Where can I vote early in Louisville?

Jefferson County Clerk Bobbie Holsclaw and her team have announced six sites where people can vote early on Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

They are: 

  • The Jeffersonian, at 10617 Taylorsville Road in Jeffersontown
  • The Kentucky Center for African American Heritage, at 1701 W. Muhammad Ali Blvd. in Louisville
  • Broadbent Arena at the Kentucky Exposition Center, at 937 Phillips Lane in Louisville
  • Sun Valley Community Center, at 6505 Bethany Lane in Louisville
  • The Triple Crown Pavilion, at 1780 Plantside Drive in Louisville
  • Mary Queen of Peace, at 4017 Dixie Highway in Louisville

More:Kentucky primary is fast approaching: What’s new and what to watch for in Tuesday’s races

When are the polls open for early voting in Louisville?

All six voting locations in Jefferson County are open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. 

What do I need to bring to vote?

You should bring a photo ID with you, following a new law the Republican-run state legislature passed in 2020 that requires voters to show photo identification at the polls. 

Your Kentucky driver’s license is sufficient, and so are military, college and Kentucky government IDs. You also can get a free, state-issued ID card if you’re at least 18 years old. (Those are available at local circuit court clerk’s and regional driver’s license offices.)

If you don’t have one, you can sign a special form at the polls and show poll workers one of these cards instead:

  • A Social Security card
  • An ID card of any kind that includes your photo and your name
  • A food stamp, electronic benefit transfer or supplemental nutrition assistance cards that list your name
  • A credit or debit card that lists your name

You also could get your identity confirmed if you personally know an election officer.  

In which party’s primaries can I vote? 

Kentucky has closed primaries. That means:

  • If you’re a registered Republican, you can vote in the GOP primaries
  • If you’re a registered Democrat, you can vote in the Democratic primaries
  • If you’re a registered independent voter, you can’t vote in either party’s primaries

For the nonpartisan races in this month’s election, Republicans, Democrats and independents all are allowed to cast a ballot.

The deadlines to register to vote and to change the party you’re registered with already passed.

More:It’s is an election year, Kentucky. Here’s how to register, change party, vote early

What if I miss the early voting days? 

Don’t worry. You still can vote on Election Day on Tuesday.

The polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

You can check your voting location on the Jefferson County Clerk’s website: jeffersoncountyclerk.org/wheredoivote/.

Morgan Watkins is The Courier Journal’s chief political reporter. Contact her at mwatkins@courierjournal.com. Follow her on Twitter: @morganwatkins26.

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