Kansas

State of Kansas Elections and Voting  

Election Day is November 5

  • October 15                  Deadline to postmark or submit online your voter registration
  • October 16                  First day of advance voting in person
  • October 29                  Deadline to request an advance vote by mail ballot
  • November 4                Last day of advance voting in person
  • November 5                Election Day
  • November 8                Deadline for by-mail ballot that were postmarked by November 5 to be received

 

To register to vote in Kansas, you must:

  • Be a United States Citizen
  • Reside in Kansas
  • Be 18 years old by election day
  • Not be currently serving a sentence for a felony conviction*

*A federal or state felony conviction results in the loss of voting rights until the terms of the felony sentence is complete. If on probation or parole, a sentence is not considered complete until your probation or parole is finished. Individuals who lose their voting rights due to a felony conviction may re-register to vote upon completion of their sentence

 

How to register to vote:

  • Register online: requires a valid Kansas driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card
  • Register via mail: print, complete, and sign the Kansas Voter Registration Application (Spanish) and mail it to your local election authority (a list of addresses is included on the form).

 

Voter ID Requirements

State law requires Kansas voters to show photographic identification when casting a vote in person. If the photo ID has an expiration date on it, the ID must not have expired at the time of voting. An acceptable photo ID does not have to have an expiration date on the document in order to be valid.

The following documents may be used to meet photo ID requirements for voting:

  • Driver’s license or ID card issued by Kansas or another state
  • U.S. Passport
  • U.S. Military ID
  • ID card issued by a Native American tribe
  • Employee badge or ID issued by a government office
  • Student ID card from an accredited postsecondary education institution in Kansas
  • Concealed carry license issued by Kansas or another state
  • Public assistance ID card issued by a government office

Exemptions from photo ID requirements exist for: permanent advance voters (voters with illness or disabilities); military and overseas voters and their spouses and dependents; and voter with religious objections who sign a Declaration of Religious Objection (Form DRO (Español)). Voters age 65 or older may use an expired photo ID.

Registered voters who do not have an approved government-issued photo ID and would like one to vote may apply for a free nondriver identification card with the Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles. To get a free photo ID, individual must fill out a Form DE-VID1 (Certification Requesting Fee Waiver for Nondriver Identification Card) (Español). This form is available at all driver’s licenses offices, all county election offices and online.

Visit VoteRiders for more information on voter ID requirements in Kansas.

 

Advance Voting – In Person

Kansas allows voters to advance vote in person at county election offices or satellite voting locations up to 20 days before an election. For the 2024 election, counties may begin in-person advancing voting on July 17 for the primary election and October 16 for the general election. The deadline for in-person advance voting is 12:00 p.m. August 5, 2024 for the primary election and 12:00 p.m. November 4, 2024 for the general election. Voters are encouraged to contact their local election office to confirm advance voting dates and locations for their respective county. The Secretary of State’s office will also provide this information in July and October prior to each election. To find the locations and hours of advance voting locations, search the list of county election offices.

 

Advance Voting by Mail

Advance voting by mail has been allowed to all Kansas voters since 1996. You do not need an excuse to advance vote by mail ballot. However, you do need to apply to have an advanced by mail ballot mailed to you for each election as they are NOT mandatory and are sent to voters by county election offices only at the request of the voter.

To apply for a vote by mail ballot, print, complete, and sign the Application for Advance Ballot by Mail and mail it to your local election authority (a list of addresses is included on the form).

 

Resources

 

Tribes in Kansas

Federally recognized tribes

  • Sac & Fox Nation of Missouri in Kansas and Nebraska
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
  • Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska
  • Kickapoo Tribe of Indians of the Kickapoo Reservation in Kansas

State recognized tribes

  • None

Native Vote Coordinators

Sign up to be a local Native Vote coordinator today!

Major Party Contact Information

Democrat
Chair, Jeanna Repass
www.ksdp.org

Republican
Chair, Mike Brown
www.kansas.gop

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