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Your guide to voting in the primary for Lexington

Districts 1, 4, and 7 will all have a primary election for the Urban County Council as each district has more than two candidates who have filed to run for the offices.

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Three local districts will hold a primary election on Tuesday, May 21 for Urban County Council representatives.

First things first

Here are some crucial dates to ensure your voice is heard:

  • Monday, April 22: Deadline to register to vote. Check your eligibility + registration.
  • Tuesday, May 7: Last day to request mail-in absentee ballots
  • Tuesday, May 21: Primary election
  • Tuesday, Nov. 5: General election

🗳️ Find your polling location

Fayette County polling places will be open on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. If you’re unsure where to go, click here for your polling location.

Can’t make it on election day? Any registered voter who has not requested a mail-in absentee ballot, may cast an unexcused in-person absentee ballot. This option will be available Thursday, May 16-Saturday, May 18 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at all branches of the Lexington Public Library.

Excused in-person absentee voting will be held Wednesday, May 8-Friday, May 10 + Monday, May 13-Wednesday, May 15 at the County Clerk’s office, 162 E. Main St., 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Mail-in absentee ballots must be received by mail or placed in the dropbox outside the County Clerk’s office by 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 21 to be counted.

🗳️The ballot

The following seats have more than two people running for office:

  • District 1
  • District 4
  • District 7

    Only residents in these districts will see the council members listed on their ballot. See the list of all candidates for the Urban County Council thanks to our friends at CivicLex, then find your district + check your registration status by Monday, April 22.

    🗳️ The candidates

    Here are the Urban County Council candidates that will be on the primary ballot in Fayette County, listed in alphabetical order by last name.

    District 1

    District 4

    District 7

    Speaking of candidates, get to know those listed above at CivicLex’s Primary Candidate Meet & Greet tomorrow, April 17 at 6 p.m. at UK’s Cornerstone. See the candidates’ answers to specific questions, such as what issue is their highest priority, on LexVote.

    * Indicates incumbent
    ** We are working to include links to the candidate’s election website or election Facebook/Instagram account as they are created. If those are unavailable, we will try to find a link including the most information. If you know of a better link that represents any of the above candidates, please let us know.