boy_vote-for-meYour vote is your voice! In celebration of National Voter Registration Day, we encourage all Kentuckians of voting age to register. The November 8th ballot will include presidential candidates, as well as U.S. representatives and senators, Kentucky state representatives and senators, and U.S., state, and local judge seats.

Children count on adults to speak up on their behalf. In fact, we’ve put together 5 reasons why Kentucky kids are depending on you to show up at your polling place on November 8th:

1. Kids aren’t old enough (yet) to vote, so they’re counting on you to advocate on their behalf. Whether they’re 17 days old or 17 years old, our youth need you to be their voice.

2. Big policies affect individual children. Many of the issues being debated in campaigns will affect kids you know—in your family, in your child’s classroom, or on the neighborhood playground.

3. Voters need to challenge elected officials to stand up for kids. A high voter turnout encourages them to do so and helps all of us hold elected officials accountable when they make decisions affecting kids and families.

4. State elections are just as important as national elections. Your vote on behalf of kids on November 8th will impact kids’ lives for at least the next four years. Check out the offices up for grabs.

5. Every vote matters. Sometimes elections are decided by a handful of votes. These elections are too important to kids to leave up to someone else.

You can submit a voter registration form online or by mail. The deadline to register is October 11th.

Absentee, in-house voting started on September 26th for registered voters who qualify. Check out this list of voters who may cast an absentee ballot by mail or in their county clerk’s office prior to election day under Kentucky law. Kentucky county clerks offices may have different schedules for absentee voting, please call your county clerk’s office if you have questions.