Election Information

HOW YOU CAN VOTE IN KENTON COUNTY

GENERAL ELECTION-NOVEMBER 3, 2020

VOTE BY MAIL:

GOVOTEKY.COMrequest a ballot. You need SSN and driver’s license. Deadline is October 9, 2020. Ballot is mailed.

Call 392-1620- request a ballot. We can help you through portal. You need SSN and driver’s license. Deadline is October 9, 2020. Ballot is mailed

Postage is pre-paid on return envelope.  Don’t forget to sign BOTH envelopes.  Must be postmarked by Election Day, November 3, 2020.  Or put in drop off box at 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Cov. or Independence Courthouse at 5272 Madison Pike, Ind.

VOTE EARLY IN PERSON:

Oct. 13-Nov 2 Mon-Fri from 7:30 am to 4 pm

Saturday, Oct 17, Oct 24 & Oct 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m @ County Government Center, 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Cov Indep Senior Center, 2001 Jackwoods Pkwy, Ind.

 

ELECTION DAY: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Go to www.kentoncountykyclerk.com under “Where to Vote” to find your polling location.



        2020 CANDIDATE INFORMATION SHEET         - from Gabrielle Summe, Kenton County Clerk, 3/24/2020  - 

 

DEADLINE TO FILE FOR CITY OFFICES, SCHOOL BOARDS AND CONSERVATION DISTRICTS IS JUNE 2, 2020 AT 4 P.M.

 

BALLOT DRAW IS ON JUNE 4, AT 2 P.M. AT THE VOTER REGISTRATION OFFICE AT 1840 SIMON KENTON WAY, COVINGTON.  This is open to the public unless certain restrictions are in force due to COVID-19.

 

GETTING CANDIDATE FILING FORMS:

ALL CITY OFFICES                                  FILING FEE             $50.00

ALL SCHOOL BOARDS                            FILING FEE             $20.00

SOIL AND CONSERVATION                  FILING FEE             $20.00

 

Please send a check or money order in with your candidate filing forms to Kenton County Clerk, P.O. Box 1109, Covington KY 41011.  If you need to pay by credit card, please send in your forms with a note for us to call you and we can then process your payment over the phone.

 

You can find fillable forms on my website at www.kentoncountykyclerk.com under the “Elections” and then “Candidates” or you can go to www.sos.ky.gov and under the “elections” tab go to “Becoming a Candidate”

 

The Secretary of State link has candidate requirements, candidate declaration paperwork and Kentucky Registry of Election Finance Forms.  You must have an online account with Kentucky Registry of Election Finance, whose website is www.kref.ky.gov

 

YOUR NAME AS IT WILL APPEAR ON THE BALLOT CAN ONLY BE 25 CHARACTERS

 

Please make sure that you have all the proper forms for the office you are seeking.

 

Please return your completed petition prior to the deadline in case there are any mistakes that need to be corrected.  Please make sure there is a phone number for us to contact you.

 

The County Clerk’s office can only review the “face” of the document; we cannot advise on if the form is filled out properly.

 

FILLING OUT YOUR CANDIDATE FORM:

Please read your paperwork carefully and review KRS 118.129.

KRS 118.129 Spelling and form of candidate's name on ballot.

 

(1) The Secretary of State or the county clerk, as appropriate, shall certify the

exact spelling and form of the name of the candidate to be printed on all ballots

in accordance with the requirements listed in this section.

 

(2) A candidate's nickname which is found to be, in the discretion of the Secretary

of State or the county clerk, as appropriate, a title, rank, degree, job

description, or spurious phrase shall be placed on the ballot only if it is the

candidate's bona fide nickname, generally used by acquaintances of the

candidate in the county of residence to refer to the candidate, and if the

nickname is acknowledged, by affidavit, under oath, by five (5) residents of the

county in which the candidate resides, to be a bona fide nickname. The

candidate shall also acknowledge, by affidavit under oath, that this is his bona

fide nickname and is not being used to gain an advantage on the ballot.

 

BASICALLY THIS MEANS NO FORMAL TITLES (IE “Dr.” before a name or even “JD” after a name

 

(3) A nickname shall always appear set off in quotation marks and immediately

before the last name. Periods shall follow all abbreviations or initials. Additional

qualifiers following the last name, such as "Jr" or "III" shall not be separated

from the last name by a comma and shall be followed by a period.

     

BASICALLY YOU USE JUST YOUR NICKNAME ON THE BALLOT, YOU DO NOT HAVE TO HAVE BOTH YOUR FORMAL AND NICKNAME.

 

(4) The candidate's name shall always appear in the following form: first or given

name or initial; middle name or names or initials, if desired by the candidate;

nickname if desired by the candidate; and last or surname in full. All names

shall be in substantially the following form: John Lincoln "Jack" Doe; or J.

Lincoln "Jack" Doe; or J. L. "Jack" Doe Jr.; or any of the above combinations

without the intervening nickname.

 

(5) The total number of spaces, inclusive of letters, spaces, and punctuation,

which may be utilized on the ballot for a candidate's name and, if any,

nickname, shall be twenty-five (25). Notwithstanding the listing of the

candidate's name on the filing papers, spaces, periods, quotation marks, and

commas necessary for proper punctuation shall be added by the Secretary of

State or the county clerk, as appropriate. No candidate's name shall exceed

twenty-five (25) spaces. The Secretary of State or the county clerk, as

appropriate, shall determine the correct listing for any candidate whose name

exceeds twenty-five (25) spaces to conform to this requirement.

 

KENTUCKY REGISTRY OF ELECTION FINANCE FORMS.  The laws governing election finance have changed, so please review the new forms and make sure there is good contact information.  Please visit the Registry’s website.

 

 

Gabrielle Summe

Kenton County Clerk

859-392-1660

Mailing Address: PO Box 1109, Covington,KY 41011

INFORMATION FOR EXPANDED ABSENTEE VOTING FOR JUNE 23, 2020 PRIMARY

From Gabrielle Summe, Kenton County Clerk - May 16, 2020 

  • May 22, 2020 is the projected date for the State Board of Elections portal to be available.   It will similar to the online voter registration portal. The voter will go through a series of prompts to identify themselves with date of birth, social security number and verify their address.  The voter will be digitally signing the application by either entering in their Driver’s License number, which pulls over the voter’s signature, or they will to sign digitally using an IPad or other device.
  • Until the portal is functional, I encourage all Kenton County voters to request an application for an absentee ballot by using this link https://kentoncountykyclerk.com/home/absentee-ballot-request-form/  
  • Voters can also call the voter registration office at 859-392-1620.
  • Once the application is signed, the voter can either return it by mail to Kenton County Clerk, P.O. Box 1109, Covington, KY 41011 or put it in the drop box at 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Covington, KY.
  • Kenton County’s primary ballot only has democratic and republican races on it.  If a voter changed their party affiliation after 12/31/2019, they aren’t eligible for a primary ballot.  The State Board of Elections is sending a letter to all voters who changed their party affiliation after the deadline. To check your party affiliation please use this link: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/VIC/

 

  • Once a voter receives the ballot, I encourage everyone to read the instructions carefully.  Here is a link to a video on how best to fill out the ballot and return it to the office. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xq1o8na9RBc
  • The postage has been pre-paid on the return envelopes for the ballot, but voters can also put the completed ballot in the drop box at 1840 Simon Kenton Way, Covington, KY.
  • DEADLINE TO REGISTER FOR ELECTION IS MONDAY, MAY 26, 2020 

To check your registration status please use this link: https://vrsws.sos.ky.gov/VIC/

If you need to register to voter please use this link:  www.elect.ky.gov

  • June 8-June 22 In-person absentee voting will be available by appointment only for voters who need the ADA voting machine or are unable to receive a ballot by mail. A voter will need to call the voter office for further information.  Voting appointments for in-person absentee will scheduled 5 minutes apart between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday from June 8, 2020 to June 22, 2020.  There will be appointments available on Saturday, June 20, 2020 from 9 a.m. to noon.

 

  • JUNE 23, 2020 PRIMARY ELECTION DAY: There will still be an Election Day on June 23, 2020.  Due to the Governor, Secretary of State and State Board of Election regulations and the CDC rules, voting will not be possible at the 105 precincts in Kenton County.
  • There will only ONE polling location available on Election Day.  The Northern Kentucky Convention Center will be open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. for in-person voting.  There will be free parking available across the street at the County Parking Garage at 220 Madison Avenue, Covington, KY.  More details will follow.

 

 

 

 

Gabrielle Summe

Kenton County Clerk

859-392-1660

Mailing Address: PO Box 1109, Covington,KY 41011Voting Information, as per the Kenton County Clerk's website, as follows:

1. How do I register to vote?

The Kenton County Clerk's office is responsible for voter registration. 

Eligibility

You are eligible to vote if:

  • You are a Citizen of the United States.
  • You are 18 years of age (minors who become 18 on or before the day of the general election shall be entitled to vote in the primary if otherwise qualified).
  • You are a Resident of the Country for at least 28 days prior to the Election Day and have properly registered.

Contact Information

  • 1840 Simon Kenton Way
    Covington, KY 41011
  • Phone: 859-392-1620
  • Hours:
    Monday through Friday
    8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
2. Where can I find voting information?

Registered voters in Kentucky can obtain information about their precinct location and legislative districts by using the online Voter Information Center provided by the Kentucky State Board of Elections.