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Kansas Voting Guide

Registration Deadlines
In Person:
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
By Mail:
Received by Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Election Dates:
Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election)
Secretary of State
120 SW 10th Avenue
Memorial Hall 1st flr
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
Phone:
785-296-4561
Fax:

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible to vote in Kansas 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 postsecondary 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.

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.

Registration Deadline

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.

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.

Verify Voter Registration

To verify your voter registration status, use your state's registration tool, or contact your local county election officer.

Absentee Ballot Process

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.

Overseas and Military Voters

You are a Military or Overseas voter if you are in uniformed services, living overseas OR a spouse or dependant 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.

Early Voting

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 satelite voting sites during the 20-day advance voting period. To find such locations, contact your county election office.

Election Dates

The next election date is Tuesday, November 6, 2018 (General Election). The registration deadline is Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

For more information on 2017 elections, contact your local Board of Elections.

Poll Worker Information

In order to be a poll worker in Kansas:

  • You must be registered to vote in Kansas
  • You must be at least 18 years of age
  • You will be entitled to compensation
  • Political affiliation required
  • You must be a resident of the area in which you will vote
  • You must complete required training
  • Students who are at least 16 years old and meet all other elector qualifications may be selected to serve

To sign up, contact your local board of elections.

Polling Place Hours

Polling places are open from 7:00am to 7:00pm. All voters who are in line when the polls close are allowed to vote.

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.

Polling Place Locator

You can find your polling place by utilizing your state resource.

If you have further questions on your polling place location, please contact your county clerk.

Provisional Voting

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. The envelope containing the ballot is grouped with other provisional ballots. These ballots are not counted on Election Day. They are set aside for consideration by the county canvassers.

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.

Voting Machines

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.

You can learn more about voting systems by checking out the Elections Assistance Commission's (EAC) resource or Verified Voting.

Candidate and Ballot Measure Information

Information on local, state and federal candidates and ballot measures may be available here.

To see a list of available races, visit the race index.

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.

Campaign Finance Information

For information on federal campaign contributions, please visit Open Secrets.


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