Follow our easy guide on registering and voting in the state of Kansas.
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
- 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 June 2018, 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.)
What is the voter registration deadline?
In order to vote in the August 7, 2018 primary election, you must submit your registration by July 17, 2018. In order to vote in the November 6, 2018 general election, you must submit your registration by October 16, 2018.
- 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 August 7, 2018 primary election. Check with your local election office to find out whether advance, in-person voting is offered in your community.
- A driver’s license or identification card issued by Kansas, another state, or an Indian tribe.
- A conceled 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.
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’re at the wrong polling place, ask for help to find the right one. If someone tries to harass or intimidate you, tell a poll-worker right away. If you’re unable to resolve the problem by speaking with a poll-worker, call the ACLU of Kansas’s Election Protection hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE.
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.