Kansas Election Information

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November 3, 2020 – General Election

Voter Registration Deadlines & Important Dates
  • October 13: Deadline to register to vote
  • October 14: First day for advance voting by mail or in person
  • October 27: Deadline to request advance voting by mail ballot

For more information, visit the Kansas Secretary of State’s website.For more information, visit the Kansas Secretary of State’s website.

If You Are Approached on Your Way into the Polling Place or Challenged Inside the Polling Place

Kansas prohibits electioneering, or otherwise attempting to persuade or influence eligible voters, within 250 feet from the entrance of any polling place on Election Day or advance voting site during the permitted time period for advance voting.

County elections officials may allow exit pollsters, members of the media, or election observers into the 250-foot zone on a countywide or precinct-by-precinct basis.

Kansas law also allows candidates, party chairs, and other politically affiliated individuals to appoint one “poll agent” (often called a “poll watcher”) to observe the voting process from within the polling place and to observe canvassing.  Such poll agents may not handle ballots or hinder or obstruct voters.  They must wear badges that contain the word “Observer” in large print, and they must carry and be prepared to present authorization or other official identification.

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When You Can Vote

Election Day

The polls must be open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. (in the Central Time Zone) or 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (in the Mountain Time Zone) on Election Day.**

**Different hours for opening and closing of polling places may be set and publicly announced by your county election official, so long as the polls are open for at least 12 continuous hours.

Early Voting

Kansas offers advance voting in person or by mail for voters wishing to vote early.

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Where You Can Vote

How to Find Your Polling Place

You can determine a voter’s proper polling place by checking the “Vote Kansas” website (https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/VoterView/PollingPlaceSearch.do).

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Registering to Vote

Registration Deadlines

The deadline to register to vote for any election in Kansas is 21 days prior to that election. The deadline for the Democratic Presidential Primary is April 11, 2020. The deadline for the State Primary is August 4, 2020. The deadline for the General Election is October 13, 2020. Voters must deliver or ensure that an application is postmarked by that date.

Certain recently discharged military personnel and their spouses and dependents may be able to register after this deadline.

How to Check Your Registration

You can determine whether a voter is registered to vote by checking the Kansas Secretary of State’s “Vote Kansas” website (https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/VoterView/RegistrantSearch.do).

Registration Eligibility: In order to be eligible to register in Kansas, you must:

  • Be a resident of Kansas;
  • Be at least 18 years old on or before Election Day;
  • Be a citizen of the United States;
  • Not be barred from voting due to a disqualifying felony conviction and have received final discharge from imprisonment, parole, or conditional release if convicted of a felony; and
  • Not have been declared disqualified by a Kansas court of law.

There is no length of residency requirement in Kansas, but a person must be registered 21 days before the election and must be a resident at the time of registration.

How to Register:

Kansas residents may register in person, by mail, or online.

1. Online

In order to register to vote online, you must have either a Kansas Driver’s License or a Non-Driver’s Identification Card.  Applicants can apply to register on the Secretary of State’s website.

2. Mail, Fax, or In Person

In order to register by mail, you must obtain a mail-in registration form by:

  • Downloading a mail-in form from the Secretary of State’s website; or
  • Picking up a form at your county election office, Secretary of State’s office, or other various sites around the state (including many banks, grocery stores, libraries, city offices, and certain public events such as county and state fairs); and
  • Returning the fully completed application to your county election office. County addresses are listed on the back of the application.

Identification Required for Registration:  Voters may register by mail without identification, but they must provide a form of identification when they vote at the polls on Election Day.

To register online, a voter must verify that they has a valid driver’s license or nondriver’s identification card. The registration application requires the following:

  • Current Kansas driver’s license number; or
  • Nondriver’s identification card number; or
  • The last four digits of their Social Security number.

If they does not have any of the numbers listed above, the voter may write “none” in the corresponding box.

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Voting Early & by Absentee Ballot

If You Want to Vote Early

Any registered voter is eligible to vote early (i.e., by “advance voting ballot”) in Kansas. Early voting can occur either in person or by mail. Applications can be returned by mail, by fax, or in person. County election officials will transmit advance voting ballots not more than twenty days before the election to those voters who request them. A voter who mails in an advance voting ballot must ensure its receipt in the county election office before the close of polls on Election Day.

Early in-person voting begins in every county no later than the Tuesday before Election Day and ends at noon the day before Election Day, but some counties may begin in-person voting up to twenty days before the election.

Receiving and casting an Absentee Ballot

Advance ballots are mailed to voters starting 20 days before the election and must be post-marked on or before Election Day and received no later than three days after the election. Voters can also hand-deliver their advance ballot to the county election office or any polling location within their county by the close of polls on Election Day.

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Identification Requirements

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

To vote, a Kansas voter must show a valid form of photo identification.  Exceptions include: (1) persons with a permanent physical disability that makes it impossible to travel to a county or state office to obtain a qualifying form of identification and who have qualified for permanent advance voting status; (2) members of active duty uniformed service, merchant marine, or their spouses or dependents, who by reason of such active duty or service, are absent from the country on election day; and (3) any voter who transmits a declaration to the chief county election official or Secretary of State stating that their religious beliefs prohibit photographic identification.

Valid forms of identification include:

  • Driver’s license or state ID card issued by Kansas or another state or district of the United States;
  • 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 United States;
  • US passport;
  • Employee badge or ID document issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office or agency;
  • US military ID document;
  • Student ID card issued by accredited postsecondary education institution in Kansas;
  • Public assistance ID card issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office or agency; or
  • Indian tribe ID card.

An ID listed above is valid if it contains the name and photograph of the voter and has not expired. However, expired documents are valid for voters who are 65 years of age or older.

If the voter is unable or refuses to provide current and valid photo identification, or if the voter’s name and address do not match the voter’s name and address on the registration book or poll book, the voter may vote by provisional ballot.

VoteRiders has created Kansas voter ID info cards in English and in Spanish.

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If You Have Moved Within Your State

If a voter has moved to a new address, the voter should update their registration information with the Office of the Secretary of State through mail, online (https://www.kdor.ks.gov/Apps/VoterReg/Default.aspx), or automatically when their driver’s license information is changed.

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If You Are in the Military or Are an Overseas Voter

While any duly registered Kansas voter can cast an advance voting ballot, certain individuals in federal service and their families have additional rights.  Absentee voting is available for eligible persons in federal services, including members of the armed forces of the United States, while in active service, members of the United States Merchant Marine, and their spouses and dependents, and for United States citizens living outside the territorial limits of the United States and the District of Columbia and their spouses and dependents residing with or accompanying them. Eligible individuals may apply for absentee ballots via mail, fax, email, or any other method authorized by the Secretary of State. The completed absentee ballot must be received by the county election officer before polls close on Election Day.

Registering and Requesting an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA) to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  A Kansas resident can apply through the Kansas Online Voter Registration page.

UOCAVA voters may also register to vote and request an absentee ballot through the Federal Voting Assistance Program’s FVAP’s Online Assistant or by mailing their completed form to their county election office.  For more information on completing and mailing an application, visit the FVAP’s Kansas specific website.

Receiving an Absentee Ballot

UOCAVA voters may receive their absentee ballots by U.S. Mail, fax, or email.  Ballots must be returned via U.S. Mail, commercial carrier, hand delivery, fax, or email.

Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot

The Federal Write-in Absentee Ballot (FWAB) is a back-up ballot that can be used by UOCAVA voters.  You can use this FWAB whether you are located inside or outside the United States (including APO and FPO addresses), provided that you are away from your voting residence for service-related activities.  If you do not receive your regular absentee ballot in time, you may use the FWAB.  Your FWAB must be received by your local voting officials in Kansas by Election Day.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Kansas-specific FWAB page.

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If You Have a Felony Conviction

In Kansas, conviction of a state or federal felony results in the loss of voting rights until the person completes the terms of the sentence.  If the person is granted probation or parole, the terms of the sentence are not completed until the probation or parole is finished.  A person who loses voting rights because of a felony conviction must re-register to vote after the sentence is completed, as the county election official does not automatically restore the person’s name to the registration list once the sentence is completed.

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2020 Presidential Primary

Presidential Primary Dates

The Kansas GOP canceled its the 2020 Republican Presidential Primary Caucus. The Kansas Democratic Party Primary will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020. Due to concerns related to COVID-19, there will be NO in-person polling locations on May 2, 2020. The Democratic Presidential Primary will be conducted entirely by mail. Mail-in ballots must be received by May 2, 2020.

Presidential Primary Voter Eligibility

In Kansas, primary elections are closed, meaning only voters registered by party may vote in that party’s primary election. Unaffiliated voters can declare his or her affiliation with a political party on the day of that election and vote in that party’s primary by filling out a declaration card. A previously affiliated voter may not change his or her party affiliation from the date of the candidate filing deadline through the time when primary election results are certified by the Secretary of State.

KDP Mail-In Voting

** Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the Kansas Democratic Presidential Primary will be conducted entirely by mail. There will be NO in-person voting on May 2, 2020.

A mailing explaining the mail-in process and ranked-choice voting will be sent to all registered Democrats in Kansas on March 9, 2020. On March 309, 2020, the KDP will automatically send mail-in ballots to all registered Democrats. On April 7, 2020, the KDP will send mail-in ballots to all Democrats who registered between March 30 and April 6. Anyone who registers after April 6 will need to request a mail-in ballot. The deadline to request a mail-in ballot is April 24, 2020. All ballots must be received by May 2, 2020.

You can request a ballot here: https://kansasdems.org/request-mail-ballot

KDP Presidential Primary In-Person Voting

Due to concerns related to COVID-19, the Kansas Democratic Presidential Primary will be conducted entirely by mail. There will be NO in-person voting on May 2, 2020.

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