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Election Protection: Keeping Calm and Carrying On
10/23/16 |
Publication Date: 
Sunday, October 23, 2016 - 01:00

Donald Trump has not only challenged the legitimacy of the upcoming presidential election, he has challenged many citizens’ right to vote. ...

But Trump’s threat to voting has galvanized state and local election officials and voting advocates across the political spectrum in a pushback against the most serious voter intimidation effort that the country has faced since the 1965 Voting Rights Act ended the routine denial of the franchise to Southern blacks. Republican secretaries of state from coast to coast have lambasted his remarks and pledged to maintain the integrity of the election process. At least one Republican secretary of state, Paul Pate of Iowa, took Trump’s comments as a personal insult. As Salon noted, it’s Republican secretaries of state who control the election process in most of the battleground states, so Trump did the party no favors....

Poll watching expected to spike over Trump claims of election rigging
10/23/16 |
Publication Date: 
Saturday, October 22, 2016 - 02:00

Spurred by Donald Trump's insistence the November election is rigged and will be plagued by widespread voter fraud, Republican officials in Texas' largest counties are reporting a spike in the number of volunteers signing up to monitor polling places.

The boost in GOP poll watchers has stoked concerns about voter intimidation among civil rights groups and Democrats, which are planning to counter with teams of lawyers, election hotlines and volunteers to keep an eye on Republican monitors. ...

Harris County has had its controversy over Republican-led poll-watching activity in the past. In 2010, the county attorney requested a monitor from the U.S. Department of Justice observe the voting process after complaints surfaced of poll watchers "hovering" over voters, "getting in their face," and talking to election workers. ...

According to a newly issued handbook from the Texas Secretary of State's office, poll watchers are instructed to look for illegal activity that includes "election workers who allow voters to cast a regular ballot without presenting an acceptable form of ID or presenting a supporting form of ID and signing a reasonable impediment affidavit."

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2016 General Election: November 8, 2016

Voter Registration Deadline: October 18, 2016

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

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.

Kansas offers advance voting in person or by mail for voters wishing to vote early.  Advance voting by mail begins 20 days before Election Day.  In-person voting begins no later than the Tuesday before Election Day, and in some counties, may begin up to 20 days before Election Day.  The deadline to apply for an advance ballot to be mailed is November 4, 2016.

How to Find Your Polling Place: Use the Kansas Polling Place Search or call 866-OUR-VOTE.


Already registered? Verify your voter registration status.

Registration Deadlines: You must register 21 days prior to Election Day.  The deadline for this year’s General Election is Tuesday, October 18.

How to Check Your Registration: Use Kansas’s Registrant Search website or call 866-OUR-VOTE.

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.


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.

By Mail

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).

In Person

You may register to vote or update voter registration information in person in any of the following ways:

  • At your local county election office or the Secretary of State’s Office; or
  • When applying for or renewing your driver’s license or State Identification Card with the Kansas Division of Vehicles.

Return all fully completed applications to your county election office by mail, by fax, or in person, or electronically (if eligible).  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.

As a result of ongoing litigation, Kansas is currently prohibited from enforcing documentary proof-of-citizenship requirements for voter registration.  Voters who registered at the DMV or through the Federal National Mail Voter Registration Form without providing proof of citizenship are considered registered to vote for federal, state, and local elections.  Voters who registered at the Kansas Division of Vehicles office or used a federal registration form should receive written notice that they are registered to vote, have their names placed on the state’s registration website so their registration and polling place can be verified, and be given regular ballots instead of provisional ballots on Election Day. It remains unclear how Kansas is treating the registrations of voters who used the state form but did not provide proof of citizenship.

If You Want to Vote Early

Kansas offers advance voting by mail or in person for all registered voters.  Applications for advance mail-in ballots must be returned to the county election officer by November 4.  Applications can be returned by mail, by fax, or in person.  Advance voting by mail begins twenty days before Election Day, October 19.  In-person voting begins no later than the Tuesday before Election Day, and in some counties, may begin up to twenty days before Election Day.  All ballots must be received in the County Election Office by the close of polls on Election Day.  For more information on advance voting, visit the Kansas advance voting information page

Identification Requirements to Cast a Ballot

Valid forms of ID are:

  • 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 an 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.

Exceptions to the photo identification requirement include:

  • 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;
  • 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
  • Any voter who transmits a declaration to the county election officer or Secretary of State stating their religious beliefs prohibit photographic identification.

A voter without a valid form of identification, or whose name and address do not match the voter’s name and address on the voter rolls, may vote a provisional ballot.  The voter is then required to provide a valid form of identification to the county election official in person or provide a copy by mail or by electronic means to the county election office in the county where the voter is registered before the meeting of the county board of canvassers, which is generally held on the morning of the Monday following the election.  At the meeting of the county board of canvassers, the county election official shall present copies of identification received from provisional voters and the corresponding provisional ballots.  If the county board of canvassers determines that the voter’s identification is valid and the provisional ballot was properly cast, the ballot will be counted.

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

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.

Moving within the Same County

A voter who moved within the same county (whether to a new precinct or within the same precinct) should update their registration information as soon as possible.  A voter who moved within the county fewer than 30 days before the election may vote in the precinct of his or her old residence upon making an affidavit stating the voter’s old and new addresses, the date of the move, and that the voter has not yet voted in the election.  A voter who moved within the same county more than 30 days before the election to a different address from that shown in the registration book may vote by provisional ballot at the voter’s new polling place or at a central location determined by the county election official, after completing a new registration card.  A provisional ballot cast in this circumstance will count.

Moving Between Counties

A voter who moved to a different county should update their registration information as soon as possible.  An inter-county voter who moved within 30 days of the election may vote in the precinct of his or her old residence upon making an affidavit stating the voter’s old and new addresses, the date of the move, and that the voter has not yet voted in the election.  A voter who moved to a different county more than 30 days before the election without re-registering will not have his/her vote counted.  Such a voter may cast a provisional ballot in reliance on the general provision governing voters whose names do not appear in the registration book, but the provisional ballot will not be counted.

For more information on moving issues, visit the Secretary of State’s website.

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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For more information for voters with disabilities, find a National Disability Rights Network partner in your area.

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

Information provided by Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights

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 voting rules (and sometimes consequences) of registering to vote in that state.

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