FRANKFORT, Ky. (FOX 56) – We are quickly approaching Election Day 2022.

Thursday marks 47 days until the big day on Tuesday, Nov. 8 and although it is a non-presidential election year, representatives for the State Board of Election said it is still important to perform your civic duty and vote.

“Everyone should vote,” said Kentucky Board of Elections Executive Director Karen Sellers. “Regardless of the year, regardless of what is on the. It is truly a privilege in our country to be able to vote.”

Although it is an off-year election, Sellers said there are still plenty of races on the ballot.

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“US Senate and US Congress are also on this ballot,” Sellers explained. “There are two [state] constitutional amendments and in each individual county, there are multiple elections. It is still a large ballot.”

Before you think about voting, you need to make sure you are registered.

Voter registration can be done now through 4 p.m. EST on Oct. 11 and online registration can be completed here.

You can also register to vote by mail. If you choose to go that route, registrations will need to be mailed to your county clerk’s office and postmarked by Oct. 11.

If you will be out of town on election day, there is no need to panic as you can register for an absentee ballot.

If you want to vote absentee you can register here, the portal opens on Saturday, Sept. 24, and will remain open until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 25.

You will also need an excuse for why you are voting absentee, a full list of valid excuses can be found here.

To see if you are eligible by mail, you can find out here.

On Election Day if you vote in person, what you can expect includes being asked to present some form of valid identification to the Election Official’s desk.

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From there, your eligibility will be verified, and after that, you will be asked to sign that you are being handed the correct ballot.

Regardless of whether this is your first Election Day, or your 20th, if you have a question, do not be afraid to ask.

“We want people to ask us questions,” said Sellers. “We answer many, many, many calls leading up to the election. There is never a question that should not be asked.”

In the weeks leading up to Election Day, and on Nov. 8 itself, Sellers and her team have one goal.

“We want to continue the tradition of free and fair elections that Kentuckians have come to expect,” Sellers said.

In regards to various polling locations, there is some terminology that is important to keep in mind:

  1. Vote Center is a location where any voter in the entire county can vote on Election Day
  2. A precinct is a single area within a county that will cast ballots at one location on Election Day.  Only voters who reside in the specific precinct will cast a ballot in this location.
  3. Consolidated Precinct Location is a combination of 2 or more precincts put together.  Only voters who reside in the combination of these specific precincts will cast a ballot in this polling location.

Other dates to be mindful of include:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 26 to Wednesday, Nov. 2: Excused, In-Person Absentee Voting.
  • Early voting begins Thursday, Nov. 3 and will go through Saturday, Nov. 5.