Register to Vote in Kansas
If you’re a Kansas resident, here’s everything you need to know about registering to vote, the deadline, who can vote, registration status and a step-by-step guide.
Who Can Vote in Kansas?
The 2022 election season is just around the corner but in order to vote, you must ascertain if you’re qualified. To be able to vote in the state of kansas you need to meet the following qualification:
- You are a citizen of the United States
- You must be a resident of Kansas
- Must be 18 years old by the time of the election to vote
- Not claim the right to vote in any other location or under any other name
- Not be excluded from voting by a court of competent jurisdiction
- Not currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction
- In Kansas, people with past convictions have their right to vote restored immediately upon completion of their sentence, including parole and/or probation. You can find more information on voting rights restoration here
Voter Registration Deadline in kansas
Both Kansas and Missouri have primary elections in August and the general election in November which means voters will have the chance to cast a primary ballot this summer on Aug. 2, and then in the general election on Nov. 8.
Tuesday, July 12 is the deadline to register for the Aug. 2 primary election, and Tuesday, October 18 is the deadline to register for the Nov. 8 general election.
- Online registration deadline: 21 days before Election Day
- Register by mail deadline: Must be postmarked 21 days before Election Day
- In person registration deadline: 21 days before Election Day
Voters in Kansas can look up where to vote on the secretary of state’s website. Kansas offers early voting and if you will be unable to vote in person on Election Day, you can request an absentee ballot by mail or visit your local election office. It’s important to know that Kansas does not offer election day registration so it’s very important to register before the stipulated deadline.
In-Person Voting Deadlines
- In-person: Nov 8
Absentee Ballot Voting Deadlines
- Request an absentee ballot: Nov 1
- Return ballot by mail (received by): Nov 8
- Return ballot in person: Nov 8
Vote by Mail
kansas offers absentee ballots by mail to voters who are unable to vote in-person while every other voters are expected to vote in-person.
- Apply for a mail-in ballot using the absentee ballot application form from Kansas Secretary of State website.
- Fill out the application completely and submit the form to your local election office as outlined on page two of the form.
- When your ballot arrives, carefully follow all the instructions included with your mailed ballot and complete the form.
- Return your ballot either by Mail, In-person or by polling dropbox.
Kansas Voter Registration Status
Not sure if you’re registered to vote? You can check your voter registration status online by entering your first name, last name and date.
Kansas’s voter registration lookup tool uses the exact data you provided when you registered to vote to confirm your registration status. With the tool, you can also confirm your address, party association, mail-in ballot statuses, and find your polling station using your address.
FAQ on How to Register to Vote in kansas
Do I have to live in Kansas for a certain amount of time to be eligible to vote?
No, Kansas does not have a length of residence requirement. However, you have to be registered 21 days prior to an election and be a resident of Kansas at the time of registration.
Can I pre-register if I will be 18 years old before the next election?
If you are 17 years old and will be 18 before the next election, you may apply to register to vote. Individuals are not allowed to vote in any election if they are not registered to vote and 18 years of age.
What form of ID is acceptable to vote in kansas?
Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card issued by Kansas or by another state; a concealed carry handgun license; US passport; government employee badge or ID; military ID; student ID from an accredited post-secondary institution of education in Kansas; government-issued public assistance ID; or tribal ID.
Exemption: Persons age 65 or older may use expired photo ID documents.
What happens when I don’t have any valid ID?
If you are unable to provide ID, you will be able to vote a provisional ballot and provide your ID to the county prior to the county canvass (7-10 days after the election) in order for it to be counted.
What’s the election contact information for Kansas?
For more information about the election, contact kansas Secretary of State.
Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor, 120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612