How to vote in Kansas

This guide contains information about the 2018 midterm election held on November 6. It may be out-of-date.
 
Election day is Tuesday, November 6. Kansas allows any voter to request a ballot by mail. You can also vote in person. Kansas offers early voting.

Who can vote

You have to register to vote before election day in Kansas. You can find the deadline to register to vote in the "Dates and deadlines" section.

To register in Kansas you must:
  • be a citizen of the United States
  • be a resident of Kansas
  • be 18 by the next election
  • have completed the terms of your sentence if convicted of a felony; a person serving a sentence for a felony conviction is ineligible 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

Vote in person

Vote on election day

Voters registered in Kansas can look up where to vote on Kansas's site or at GetToThePolls.com.

Vote early

Kansas voters can also vote before Election Day. The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 17 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live. You can look up when and where to vote early at GetToThePolls.com.

What to bring

  • You will need to show photo ID to vote in Kansas. Acceptable forms include: a driver's license or non-driver's ID card; a concealed carry handgun license; US passport; government employee badge or ID; military ID; student ID from an accredited public college or technical school in Kansas; government-issued public assistance ID; or Indian tribal ID. Persons age 65 or older may use expired photo ID documents.
  • Voters without 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.

Vote by mail

  1. Request your mail-in ballot with a mail ballot application.
  2. Fill out the application completely.
  3. Submit the request to your local election office. You should request your ballot as far in advance of the election as possible. The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.

See what's on the ballot

Learn more about what will be on your ballot at GetToThePolls.com or Ballotpedia.

Get step-by-step help

TurboVote can help you fill out your ballot request form, send you election reminders, and more. If you'd like more help planning how to vote, we can walk you through the process!

Military and overseas voters

Active-duty military, their families, and voters living outside the US can register to vote and request their absentee ballot using the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA). To do so:
  1. Fill out the Federal Post Card Application (FPCA), or download a copy. Your election official may have questions, so please provide an email address or phone number where they can reach you.
  2. Send the application to your election official.
  3. It is never too early to submit an FPCA! Please do so as soon as possible. You can look up recommended mailing dates by country and region.
  4. When your ballot arrives, read it carefully and follow the instructions to complete it and return it.
  5. States begin mailing absentee ballots at least 45 days before Election Day. If you haven't received your ballot by 30 days before Election Day, contact your local election office.
If after submitting your FPCA, your ballot does not arrive, contact your election official first. Then:
  • You can still vote using the Federal Write-In Absentee Ballot (FWAB). Print, sign, and mail your FWAB to your local election office.
  • If you mail a FWAB and then receive your regular absentee ballot, you should complete and mail your absentee ballot also. Election officials will ensure that only one ballot is counted.
The Federal Voting Assistance Program – FVAP.gov offers additional information on military and overseas voting in Kansas.

Check your voter registration status

You can look up your voter registration record and verify that your information is correct using Kansas's voter registration lookup tool.

Dates and deadlines

  • Election day is Tuesday, November 6.
  • The deadline to register online is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline for registering to vote by mail is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The deadline to register to vote in person is Tuesday, October 16.
  • The early voting period runs from Wednesday, October 17 to Monday, November 5, but dates and hours may vary based on where you live.
  • The deadline to request a ballot by mail is Tuesday, October 30.

Election contact information for Kansas

Address:
Secretary of State
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor, 120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612

Phone Number:
785-296-4561