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Upcoming Elections

2016 Presidential Preference Caucus: Saturday, March 5

2016 Congressional/State Primary: Tuesday, August 2

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 12

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18

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

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.


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The Voter-ID Fight in Missouri
04/30/16 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 10:30
Excerpt: 

The state senate, which is overwhelmingly Republican, is considering a double-barreled proposal. One part is a joint resolution that would place a ballot measure before voters to create a constitutional amendment requiring voters to show photo identification to vote. The other part governs how the requirement would be enforced if approved; in particular, it would require the legislature to fund programs to help get voters who don’t have some form of ID a card. If there’s no money, the requirement wouldn’t go into effect. The House already passed both halves in January. Senate Republicans brought the issue up Wednesday, but Democrats filibustered until 2 a.m., and the issue was temporarily set aside.

Democrats have repeatedly obstructed attempts to pass the measures. Republicans are expected to bring it up again before the end of the session on May 13, and may use procedural measures to try to end the Democratic filibuster. If they succeed, Governor Jay Nixon, a Democrat, could veto the the bill, but his veto would likely be overridden. He can’t veto the joint resolution.

Breaking: #SCOTUS Denies Emergency Relief in Texas Voter ID Case, But Signals Full Decision in Time for November Elections
04/29/16 |
Publication Date: 
Friday, April 29, 2016 - 08:30
Excerpt: 

The Supreme Court has just issued this order:

The application to vacate the stay entered by the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on October 14, 2014, presented to Justice Thomas and by him referred to the Court is denied. The Court recognizes the time constraints the parties confront in light of the scheduled elections in November, 2016. If, on or before July 20, 2016, the Court of Appeals has neither issued an opinion on the merits of the case nor issued an order vacating or modifying the current stay order, an aggrieved party may seek interim relief from this Court by filing an appropriate application. An aggrieved party may also seek interim relief if any change in circumstances before that date supports further arguments respecting the stay order.

This is full application of the Purcell Principle in action: giving the 5th Circuit a time frame so that the issue can be resolved when it is not the last minute before the election.

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Voting as a Student

As a student, you have a constitutional right to register and vote in the place you truly consider to be “home” — whether that’s your parents’ house, your apartment, or your dorm room. But before you make the important decision about where to vote, make sure you know the rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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Kansas Election Info

Upcoming Elections in Your State

2016 Presidential Preference Caucus: Saturday, March 5

2016 Congressional/State Primary: Tuesday, August 2

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, July 12

2016 General Election: Tuesday, November 8

  • Voter Registration Deadline: Tuesday, October 18

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

Please note that the information in the sections below has not been updated, and refers to the 2015 general election.

State law requires that polling places open at 7am and close at 7pm on Election Day; however, individual counties may open polls earlier or close polls later.  All voters who are in line when the polls close are allowed to vote.  Click here for more information.

To find your polling place, visit the Kansas My Vote Info Website, which also provides access to your voter registration information and an absentee ballot search.

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Registration Deadline

Voters must register at least 21 days prior to Election Day

How to Check if You Are Registered

Call 1-866-OUR-VOTE or visit the Kansas My Vote Info Website, which also provides access to your polling place location and an absentee ballot search.

How to Register

Online

If you have a valid Kansas driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card, you can register to vote online here.  In addition, you must upload an acceptable proof of citizenship document in PDF form or mail, fax, email, or hand deliver a copy of a citizenship document to your county election office.

If you do not have a Kansas driver’s license or non-drivers identification card, you must use the paper form to register to vote in-person or by mail.

In-Person or by Mail

You can download a voter registration from the Kansas Secretary of State’s website or you can pick up a copy from your county election office or the Secretary of State’s office.  Forms may also be available at banks, grocery stores, libraries, and public events.  You can mail or hand-deliver the completed voter registration forms to your county election office.  Contact information for county boards is located here

Registration Eligibility

In order to vote, Kansas law requires one must register to vote at least 21 days prior to the election.  To be eligible to register in Kansas you MUST:

  • be a United States citizen  and a resident of the state of Kansas;
  • have reached the age of 18 years before the next election;
  • have received final discharge from imprisonment, parole, or conditional release if convicted of a felony;
  • have abandoned your former residence and/or name;
  • not be disqualified to vote by a court, due to mental incompetence; and
  • not be registered to vote in another state.

Identification Required for Registration

If you are registering to vote for the first time in Kansas, you must submit a document proving you are a U.S. citizen, such as a birth certificate, passport, naturalization documents, or military records.  If you do not provide a citizenship document when you complete your voter registration application, you must submit it to the county election office by the day before the election to vote for state and local officials.  A proof of citizenship may be submitted by mail, hand delivery, fax, email, or text message photo. Contact information for your county election offices is available here.

Acceptable Proof of Citizenship Documents:

  • Birth certificate that verifies U.S. citizenship;
  • U.S. passport;
  • U.S. naturalization documents or the number of the certificate of naturalization;
  • U.S. military record of service showing the applicant’s place of birth in the U.S.;
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs card number, tribal treaty card number or tribal enrollment number;
  • Certificate of citizenship issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
  • Certificate of report of birth abroad of a citizen of the U.S.;
  • Consular report of birth abroad of a citizen of the U.S.;
  • Other documents or methods of proof of U.S. citizenship issued by the federal government pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952;
  • American Indian card, with KIC classification, issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
  • Final adoption decree showing the applicant’s name and U.S. birthplace;
  • Extract from a U.S. hospital record of birth created at the time of the applicant’s birth indicating the applicant’s place of birth in the U.S.; or
  • Driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card issued by Kansas or another state, if it has a notation indicating that the person has provided satisfactory proof of U.S. citizenship.

The Kansas voter registration form also requires you to provide one of the following forms of identification when applying to register to vote:

  • Driver's license number;
  • Non-driver's identification card number; or
  • Last four digits of the voter's social security number.

Using the Federal Voter Registration Form

If you register to vote using the federal form, which does not require you to provide a proof of citizenship, you must provide a proof of citizenship to participate fully in the election.  You must send a copy of a proof of citizenship document to your county election office or the secretary of state by the day before the election.  If you do not provide a proof of citizenship, you will be only permitted to vote for federal officials on a provisional ballot.  The provisional ballot will show both state and federal races, but only your choices in federal races will count.  You will still be required to show a photo ID to receive your ballot.

If You Want to Vote Early

You may vote in advance, in person, at your county election office beginning the Tuesday before the election.  Some counties permit early voting up to 20 days prior to the election. 

If You Want to Vote Absentee

Kansas calls this process “advance voting.”  You can have your advance ballot mailed to you starting 20 days before an election.  Anyone who wants to vote absentee by “advanced ballot” in Kansas is able to do so.  You can download an Application for Advance Ballot by Mail here or you can request an application from your county election officer.  You can submit your application by mail, fax, or in-person.  Your Advance Ballot Application must be received by 5:00pm on the Friday before the election. 

If an advance voting ballot is destroyed, spoiled, lost or not received by the voter, the voter may request a provisional replacement ballot from the County Election Officer.

Identification for Absentee Ballots

You must provide a current Kansas driver’s license or non-driver identification card number on the application form.

If you do not have one of these IDs, you must include a copy of:

  • your out-of-state driver’s license or non-driver identification card;
  • a U.S. passport, a concealed carry or handgun license issued by Kansas or another state;
  • an employee badge or ID document issued by a government office;
  • a U.S. military ID;
  • a student ID card issued by an accredited Kansas postsecondary education institution; or
  • a public assistance ID card issued by a government office.

If you requested an absentee ballot but have not yet received your ballot, check the status of your absentee ballot by contacting your county election officer.

Your ballot must be returned to your county voter registration office by 7:00pm on the day of the election.  Be sure to carefully follow the instructions on your absentee ballot.  You may return the ballot personally or by mail.  If you want another person to return the ballot for you, you must designate in writing that person to mail or deliver your ballot.  Designated ballot delivery persons must sign statements that they did not unduly influence your decisions and that they will mail or deliver the ballots as directed.

You must personally sign the oath on the envelope used to return the absentee ballot.  If you cannot sign the oath on your absentee ballot envelope because of a physical disability or illiteracy, you may request assistance from any person.  The person providing assistance must sign a statement to ensure that you were not unduly influenced by his or her assistance.

Procedures for Voting by Absentee Ballot

Any voter who requests an advance ballot may vote by mail.  Any voter may participate in early voting.  The hours and locations vary by county.  Contact your county election office here.

In Person

Hours and locations for in-person advance voting vary by county.  Check your county election office website or call your county election officer for locations and hours for in-person advance voting.

By Mail

You can download an Application for Advance Ballot by Mail here or you can request an application from your county election officer.  Your Absentee Ballot Application must be received by 5:00pm on the Friday before the election.  Your voted absentee ballot must be received by 7:00 pm on Election Day.

Voting in Person after Requesting an Absentee Ballot

If you requested an advance ballot, you will only be permitted to vote a provisional ballot regardless of whether or not you actually voted the advance ballot.  If you return your voted or unvoted advance ballot to your polling place on Election Day, it will be marked void and placed in a voided ballot envelope. 

Identification Requirements to Register to Vote

If you are registering to vote for the first time in Kansas, you must submit a document proving you are a U.S. citizen, such as a birth certificate, passport, naturalization documents, or military records.  If you do not provide a citizenship document when you complete your voter registration application, you must submit it to the county election office by the day before the election to vote for state and local officials.  A proof of citizenship may be submitted to your county election office or the secretary of state by mail, hand delivery, fax, email, or text message.  Contact information for your county election office is available here.

Acceptable Proof of Citizenship Documents:

  • Birth certificate that verifies U.S. citizenship;
  • U.S. passport;
  • U.S. naturalization documents or the number of the certificate of naturalization;
  • U.S. military record of service showing the applicant’s place of birth in the U.S.;
  • Bureau of Indian Affairs card number, tribal treaty card number or tribal enrollment number;
  • Certificate of citizenship issued by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services;
  • Certificate of report of birth abroad of a citizen of the U.S.;
  • Consular report of birth abroad of a citizen of the U.S.;
  • Other documents or methods of proof of U.S. citizenship issued by the federal government pursuant to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952;
  • American Indian card, with KIC classification, issued by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security;
  • Final adoption decree showing the applicant’s name and U.S. birthplace;
  • Extract from a U.S. hospital record of birth created at the time of the applicant’s birth indicating the applicant’s place of birth in the U.S.; and
  • Driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card issued by Kansas or another state, if it has a notation indicating that the person has provided satisfactory proof of U.S. citizenship.

The Kansas voter registration form also requires you to provide one of the following forms of identification when applying to register to vote:

  • Driver's license number;
  • Non-driver's identification card number; or
  • Last four digits of the voter's social security number.

If you registered to vote using the federal form, which does not require you to provide a proof of citizenship, you must provide a proof of citizenship to participate fully in the election.  You must send a copy of a proof of citizenship document to your county election office or the secretary of state by the day before the election.  If you do not provide a proof of citizenship, you will be only permitted to vote for federal officials on a provisional ballot.  The provisional ballot will show both state and federal races, but only your choices in federal races will count.  You will still be required to show a photo ID to receive your ballot.

Reqirements to Cast a Ballot

Valid non-expired forms of identification for in-person voting:

  • A driver's license or non-driver's identification card issued by Kansas or by another state or district of the United States;
  • 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 United States;
  • A United States passport;
  • An employee badge or identification document issued by a municipal, 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 the state of Kansas;
  • An identification card issued by an Indian tribe; and
  • A public assistance identification card issued by a municipal, county, state or federal government office.

Exemptions from the Photo ID Requirement:

  • Persons age 65 or older may use expired photo ID documents.
  • Any person whose religious beliefs prohibit photographic identification may be exempted from the photo ID requirement. Any such person must complete and sign a Form DRO (Declaration of Religious Objection), available online here.
  • A voter who is unable or refuses to provide current and valid identification at the polling place, or if the name and address do not match the voter's name and address on the registration book or poll book, may vote a provisional ballot. 
  • Military and overseas citizens who vote under the ferderal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act. 

Moving Within the Same County

If you move to a new address within the same county you should update your information as soon as possible.  If you move after the registration deadline you can still vote a complete ballot at the precinct assigned to your old address.  When you go to vote you will be required to complete a new voter registration application.

Moving to a Different County

If you are moving to a different county in Kansas before the registration deadline you must complete a new voter registration application.  If you move to a different county after the registration deadline you will need to vote at the precinct assigned to your old address.  At that time you will be required to complete an affidavit of former precinct residence and a new voter registration application. 

Moving From Another State

If you move to Kansas and the deadline to register has not passed, you should register in order to vote a regular ballot.  If you move to Kansas less than 45 days before an election and the deadline to register to vote has passed, you may vote a president-only ballot.  Kansas law requires that you possess the qualifications of a Kansas elector, except for the residency requirement.  You are not required to have been registered in the state of your previous address.  To vote a president-only ballot, you must go to your county election office by noon the day before the general election and complete the required forms.  You may then cast your ballot for president at the county election office.

Voting A President-Only Ballot 

If you moved immediately before an election, you may have to vote a ballot containing only presidential candidates.

You qualify to vote a president-only ballot if:

  • If you moved to Kansas from another state less than 45 days before the presidential election;
  • If you are registered to vote in Kansas but moved to another state less than 45 days before the presidential election; or
  • If you moved from one precinct in Kansas where you were registered to vote to another precinct in Kansas within 20 days before the presidential election.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), also known as Standard Form 76, to register to vote and to request an absentee ballot.  Visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program's (FVAP) Kansas-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can send and receive voting materials by fax and email.  If you wish to use the fax or email options, you must indicate this on your FPCA.  Instructions for doing so are found on the FVAP's Kansas-specific FPCA page.

Military and overseas citizens can use the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB) if they are concerned with receiving their printed ballot and returning it by the 7:00 p.m., Election Day deadline.  The FWAB is a blank ballot on which voters write-in their choices.  The FWAB may also be used  to register to vote and to apply for the absentee ballot, all in one step.  If the FWAB is being used to register to vote, it must be received by the voter registration deadline.  For specific instructions, visit the FVAP’s Kansas-specific FWAB page.

The photo identification requirements do not apply to military and overseas citizens who vote under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act.  Additional information can be found here.

Voting rights in Kansas are restored upon completion of sentence.  If you are granted probation or parole, your term of sentence is not completed until the probation or parole is finished.  Upon completing the terms of your sentence, then you must re-register to vote.

For more information, visit the Kansas Secretary of State website, or click here to find Kansas State Elections Statutes.

**The materials below have not been updated since 2014**

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For more information for voters with disabilities, visit the National Disability Rights Network’s voting resource center.

For more information for student voters, visit the Kansas Student Voting Guide from the Brennan Center for Justice.

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