Politics & Government

Kentucky Voter Guide: Your guide to the race for governor and other statewide offices

It’s time to pay attention. Election day is Tuesday and it’s time to pick your candidates if you haven’t already. The nasty battle over who will be the next governor of Kentucky tops a ballot that consists of six races for statewide offices, and two local races in Lexington.

We hope this guide helps inform you and motivates you to vote Tuesday, no matter which candidates you pick. Then come back to Kentucky.com Tuesday night for live election results and analysis.


GOVERNOR: Bevin has angered many Kentuckians. Are they upset enough to back Beshear?

ATTORNEY GENERAL: Meet the man Donald Trump and Mitch McConnell want to be Kentucky’s attorney general

ATTORNEY GENERAL: ‘It’s a passion.’ Stumbo wants to be KY attorney general again to fight Big Pharma.

SECRETARY OF STATE: A former Miss America and an election lawyer are battling for KY secretary of state

AGRICULTURE COMMISSIONER: They know how to slop hogs, but who would be a better KY agriculture commissioner?

AUDITOR OF PUBLIC ACCOUNTS: Kentucky auditor says he ‘follows the data.’ Opponent says not far enough.

STATE TREASURER: How closely should the Kentucky treasurer oversee tax dollars? Candidates disagree.

FAYETTE CIRCUIT COURT: Campaign spending, poll separate experienced Fayette judge candidates Reynolds, Goodman

FAYETTE SCHOOL BOARD: Incumbent demanding transparent school board faces mom wanting parent, teacher control


How to vote in Kentucky.

Polls are open Tuesday 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. local time. Anyone in line by 6 p.m. may vote.

To find out whether you are registered to vote, where you vote and which races you may vote in, go to the Voter Information Center at the State Board of Elections’ website, elect.ky.gov.

Voters must produce identification or be known by a precinct officer before voting.

If you see problems, call Attorney General Andy Beshear’s election-fraud hotline, 1-800-328-8683.



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Daniel Desrochers has been the political reporter for the Lexington Herald-Leader since 2016. He previously worked for the Charleston Gazette-Mail in Charleston, West Virginia.
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