Kansas Voting Information
- Absentee Ballot Process
- Campaign Finance Information
- Drop Boxes
- Early Voting
- Election Dates
- Eligibility Requirements
- ID Needed for Voter Registration
- ID Needed for Voting?
- Official Results
- Overseas and Military Voters
- Poll Worker Information
- Polling Place Hours
- Polling Place Locator
- Provisional Voting
- Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
- Registration Deadline
- Time Off To Vote
- Verify Voter Registration
- Voting Machines
Absentee Ballot Process
Absentee voting is available and no excuse is required. The last day to request an absentee ballot is 7 days before the election. You can return your absentee ballot request form through the mail or in person. Voted ballots must be postmarked by Election Day in order to be counted. You can sign up to track your absentee ballot on your Secretary of State website. Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Contact your local elections office for more information.
Those who requested an absentee ballot but end up voting in person will be given a provisional ballot to ensure they only vote once. If you have any questions, you can find your local county clerk contact info here.
To vote by mail, follow these instructions:
- Complete the application for an advance ballot
- Provide either your driver's license number on the ballot application or a copy of your photo ID document with your application
- Return the application to your county election office before the registration deadline for the next election
- The ballot will be mailed to you. Complete and return your ballot to your county election office by mail for the next election
- All ballots must be received in the county election office by the close of the polls on Election Day
- You may request assistance in applying for and casting an advance voting ballot
Advance ballots are mailed out beginning 20 days before the election until the 4 days before an election. Make sure you apply for an advance ballot before the deadline to receive your ballot in the mail.Request your Ballot
Campaign Finance Information
For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.
Drop boxes are available in your county. You can drop off your voted ballot at any in-person voting location in your county. You can also hand-deliver your voted ballot to a county election office. You can find your county election office here.
You may vote in person at your county elections office starting the Tuesday before Election Day, or up to 20 days before the election, depending on the county. Some counties offer satellite voting sites during the 20-day advance voting period. To find such locations, contact your county election office.
To be eligible to vote you must be:
- A United States citizen
- 18 years of age or older (you may register to vote when you are 17 years old, however, you may not vote in any election until you're 18 years old)
- A Kansas resident
ID Needed for Voter Registration
No proof of citizenship is required when registering to vote.
There are three ways to register to vote in Kansas:
1) Using the federal voter registration form.
2) At the DMV while applying for a new or renewing an existing license.
3) Using the state voter registration form, which can be filled out in person or online.
ID Needed for Voting?
Voters must show photo ID when casting a vote.
Acceptable forms of ID include:
- A driver's license or nondriver's ID card issued by Kansas, or by another state or district in of the U.S.
- A concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas, or a concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by another state or district of the U.S.
- A U.S. passport
- An employee badge or ID document issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office or agency
- A military ID issued by the U.S.
- A student ID card issued by an accredited post-secondary institution of education in the state of Kansas.
- A public assistance ID card issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office or agency.
- An ID card issued by an Indian tribe
Photo ID is also required for early voting and absentee voting.
EXCEPTIONS AVAILABLE: Persons over 65 may use expired documentation as proof of identity. Also, if your religious beliefs prohibit photographic ID you may be exempt, but you must sign a Declaration of Religious Objection before voting.
FREE ID: ID cards for persons over 17 years old are free if the applicant signs an affidavit attesting that the ID is needed for purposes of voting in Kansas and that the applicant does not possess any other form of identification qualifying as acceptable ID for voting. The applicant must also produce evidence that he/she is a registered voter in Kansas. Find that affidavit here. Unique among the states, Kansas provides free birth certificates to persons born in Kansas if needed to acquire a photo ID for voting.
Official results are never released on Election Day. Election officials are working around the clock to count an unprecedented number of ballots, and it’s essential that they take the time to make sure every vote is counted.
Absentee ballots begin being counted on Election Day. Provisional ballots are counted either the Monday or Tuesday after the election.
Official election results will be uploaded on Kansas’s Secretary of State website as they become available.Official Results
Overseas and Military Voters
You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependent of a uniformed services voter. To get registered and vote, you can utilize Overseas Vote Foundation.
If you have additional questions about elections and voting overseas you can use our state specific elections official directory or contact the Overseas Vote Foundation.
Poll Worker Information
In order to be a poll worker in Kansas, you must be:
- Registered to vote in Kansas
- At least 18 years of age
- Entitled to compensation
- Political affiliation required
- A resident of the area in which you will vote
- Complete required training
- Students who are at least 16 years old and meet all other elector qualifications may be selected to serve
Polling Place Hours
Polling places are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm.
Polling Place Locator
You may vote by provisional ballot if your name is not on the voter registration list or if there is a question about your qualifications to vote.
PROVISIONAL BALLOT VOTING INSTRUCTIONS:
- Complete a new voter registration card.
- Mark your ballot and seal it in the envelope provided.
- Sign the statement on the envelope.
Provisional Ballots are counted either the Monday or the second Thursday after the Election.
Provisions for Voters with Disabilities
Voters have the right to vote in an accessible voting place and request assistance if needed. Each polling place is required to have an electronic voting machine equipped to allow disabled voters, including visually impaired voters, to vote in secret.
For more information, you can utilize the Association of People With Disabilities (AAPD) resource.
Not registered? Use our registration tool to fill out your application!
The deadline to register to vote by mail or in person is 21 days before the election.
Time Off To Vote
Any registered voter may leave work for a period of up to two hours to vote. If the polls are open before or after the work shift, the voter may only take such time off that, when added to the amount of time before or after work that the polls are open, it does not exceed two hours.
Verify Voter Registration
To verify your voter registration statusclick here!
The voting systems used in Kansas are optical scan, DRE and paper ballots. To find out what system(s) your county uses, click here.
Optical Scan: With this system, you will receive a card or sheet of paper, which you take over to a private table or booth. The card has the names of the various candidates and ballot measures printed on it. With a pen or pencil you fill in a little box or circle or the space between two arrows. When you are finished filling out all the cards, you may bring the cards over to a ballot box, where poll workers will show you how to put the cards in the box. Or in some places, you may feed the completed cards or papers into a computer device that checks your card or paper right there at the polling place to make sure you have voted the way you want to and counts the votes.
Direct Recording Electronic (DRE): This is the newest kind of system in use in the U.S. All the information about who and what you are voting for is on an electronic screen like a TV or computer screen.
There are many variations of DREs because lots of companies are inventing new ones, and many cities, counties and states are trying them out. Usually, after you have signed in, the poll workers will give you a card that you slide into a device to start your voting session.
Some of these devices will show all of the candidates and ballot choices on one big screen. Often, with these big screen devices you push a button next to the name of the candidate you want to vote for (or yes or no on a ballot measure). On other DREs, the screen is set up to show pages. On each screen or page, there will probably be one thing to vote on. For example, on one screen or page, you might vote for president. Then you might move to the next page to vote for senator. Often these small-screen devices have a touch screen, where you touch the screen next to the name of the person you want to vote for. Other devices have a key pad. Some have a keyboard, so you can write in the name of someone you want to vote for.
You let the system know you are finished voting by pushing a button, touching the screen or entering something on a keypad.
Paper Ballots: Paper ballots are one of the oldest ways of voting in America. They are still used in a few places on Election Day. When you come to the polling place, you will get a paper ballot from the poll worker. You take it to the voting booth, and use a pen or pencil to mark a box next to your candidate and issue choices. You then drop the marked ballot into a sealed ballot box.
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