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Kansas permits online voter registration, no-excuse absentee voting and early voting. Early voting begins 20 days before Election Day. Voters in Kansas are required to present valid photo identification at the polls each time they vote.

For full information about voting in Kansas, contact your state election agency.

Registration

Kansas has a closed primary system, meaning only registered party members may vote in a party's primary election.

To vote in Kansas, you must:[1]

  • be a U.S. 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.[2]

—Kansas Office of the Secretary of State

When and where

Voters must register at least 21 days prior to Election Day. Registration can be done by completing and returning an application, either in person or by mail. Those registering in Kansas for the first time must include proof of citizenship in order to register.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of March 2015, Kansas is one of 20 states that have implemented full online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting on Election Day

Voter identification

See also: Voter identification laws by state

In order to vote on Election Day, a valid form of photo identification is required. Valid documents include the following:[3]

  • a "driver’s license or nondriver’s ID card"
  • a "concealed carry handgun license"
  • a U.S. passport
  • a "government employee ID, military ID, student ID, public assistance ID or Indian tribe ID"

The Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act (S.A.F.E.) was signed into law on April 18, 2011 by Gov. Sam Brownback. Since January 1, 2012, Kansas voters have been required to show photo ID when voting in person, and since January 1, 2013, persons registering to vote for the first time have been required to prove U.S. citizenship.[4] Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach was sued over the law by Arthur Spry and Charles Hamner, two elderly Kansas residents whose ballots were not counted in the November 2012 general election because they could not provide photo identification. The lawsuit stated that neither had a driver's license or access to the birth records needed to secure a photo ID. The federal trial was set for May 11, 2015.[5] On April 23, 2014, the federal lawsuit was dismissed. Both Spry and Hamner asked to have the case dismissed when the trial was scheduled after the 2014 elections.[6]

Poll times

See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times

In Kansas, most polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. Central Time, as Kansas mandates in its state laws that the polls must be open a minimum of 12 hours. Counties may open the polls earlier and close them later. If the polls close while you are still in line, you will be permitted to vote.[3]

Kansas is divided between Central and Mountain time zones.

Absentee voting

See also: Absentee voting

Eligibility

All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Kansas. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.[7]

Deadlines

To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the Friday prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.[8]

Military and overseas voting

For full details regarding military and overseas voting, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Kansas is one of 33 states (plus the District of Columbia) that permits some form of early voting. Early voting begins 20 days before an election. Ballots must be received by close of polls on Election Day.[9]

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