Can I vote in Kansas?
You can vote in Kansas if you meet all of the following qualifications:
- You are a United States citizen
- You are a resident of the state of Kansas
- You are at least 18 years of age
There has been a great deal of confusion about the ways to register to vote in Kansas. You can register to vote in three ways. Regardless of the method you use, you will be able to vote in all elections. The three ways are:
- Using the federal voter registration form, available online at http://www.eac.gov/voter_resources/ register_to_vote.aspx. You will need to mail the form in to the address listed on the form. Citizens who use the federal voter registration form do not need to submit a birth certificate, passport, or similar “proof of citizenship” document.
- At the motor vehicle office, while applying for a new driver’s license or renewing an existing driver’s license. Citizens who register at the motor vehicle office do not need to submit a birth certificate, passport, or similar “proof of citizenship” document.
- Using the state voter registration form, which can be filled out online or in person at your local election authority. As of March 2020, citizens who use the state form do not need to submit a birth certificate, passport, or similar “proof of citizenship” document in order to complete the registration process. (See Fish v. Kobach.)
Be aware that there is a federal court case pending that could change the current proof of citizenship requirements for one or all of the registration methods before the October 2020 deadline.
What is the voter registration deadline?
In order to vote in the November 3, 2020, general election, you must submit your registration by October 13, 2020. To vote in the August 4, 2020, state primary election, you must submit your registration by July 14, 2020.
Yes! Any registered voter can vote in advance of the election. You have two options:
- Request an absentee ballot, and vote in advance by mail. Absentee ballots may be requested from your local election authority. After your request is submitted, you will receive an absentee ballot by mail. Submit your completed ballot to your local election office by Election Day.
- Many counties in Kansas offer advance, in-person voting. Counties may offer in-person voting up to 20 days prior to the November 3, 2020 election. Check with your local election office to find out whether advance, in-person voting is offered in your community and, if it is, what days and hours it is available.
Yes. When voting in-person, you must show government-issued photo identification. Acceptable forms of documentation include:
- A driver’s license or identification card issued by Kansas, another state, or an Indian tribe.
- A concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by Kansas or by another state.
- A United States passport.
- An employee badge or ID document issued by a city, county, state, or federal government office.
- A military identification document issued by the United States.
- A student identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in Kansas.
- A public assistance identification card issued by a city, county, state or federal government office.
You must vote at the polling place to which you’re assigned. Your assigned polling place will be listed on the voter registration acknowledgment card that you receive in the mail. You may also contact your local election authority to find out where to vote. You may also look up your polling place at www.voteks.org.
Although Kansas passed a law in the 2020 legislative session permitting a voter to cast a ballot at any polling location in the county, the law will not be in effect during the 2020 elections, and voters must cast their ballots at their assigned polling location.
If you are not on the voter list, first ask a poll-worker to check the list again and to confirm that you are the right polling place for your address. If you’re at the right polling place, but your name isn’t on the voter list, ask for a provisional ballot.
If you were convicted of a misdemeanor, you can vote. If you were convicted of a felony, you can vote once you complete your sentence (including any probation or parole) and have your rights restored. You will have to re-register to vote once your sentence is complete. K.S.A. 22-3722. (See also http://www.voteks.org/before-you-vote/am-i-eligible.html)
- Polling places with between 1-25 parking spots are required to have at least 1 van-accessible spot with at least 96 inches of adjoining access aisle space;
- Polling places with between 26-50 parking spots are required to have at least 1 van-accessible spot with at least 96 inches of adjoining access aisle space and an additional space with an adjoining 60-inch wide aisle;
- Polling places with between 51-75 parking spots are required to have at least 1 van-accessible spot with at least 96 inches of adjoining access aisle space and two additional spaces with adjoining 60-inch wide aisles; and
- For each additional 25 spaces offered at the polling place, an additional accessible space with adjoining 60-inch wide aisle is required.
If you find a poll that does not meet these requirements, please report it to the Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE or complete the form here.
Provisional ballots are used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility—these questions must be resolved before the vote can count. If you are asked to file a provisional ballot or you request one, be sure you know why.
If you are told you are ineligible to vote, you have a right under federal law to cast a provisional ballot, which is used to record a vote when there are questions about a voter's eligibility.
To make sure your provisional ballot counts, you must go to your county election office to resolve the issue (i.e., provide photo ID) before the canvass when provisional ballots are counted. Your provisional ballot may only partially count if you are at the wrong polling location. The only parts of a provisional ballot that are counted are races and questions identical to the correct ballot for a voter’s precinct.
- The voter's name is not on the voter rolls for the given polling location.
- The voter does not have photo identification.
- The voter's registration contains inaccurate information, such as a wrong address or misspelled name.