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This page has information relating to voting in Kansas. For full information 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 meet the following requirements:[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.

When and where

Voters must register at least 21 days prior to election day. Registration can be done by printing and returning an application.[1]

Online registration

See also: Online voter registration in the 50 states

As of August 2014, Kansas is one of the 15 states that have implemented online voter registration. Residents can register online at this website.

Voting on election day

A photo ID is required to receive your ballot on election day. Valid documents include the following:[1]

  • driver’s license or nondriver’s ID card issued by Kansas or another state
  • U.S. passport, concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas or another state
  • U.S. military ID, employee badge or ID document issued by a government office
  • student ID issued by an accredited Kansas postsecondary educational institution or
  • public assistance ID card issued by a government office.

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.[2]

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.[3]

Deadlines

To vote absentee, an absentee ballot application must be received by the election office between 90 and 4 days prior to the election. A returned absentee ballot must then be received by the elections office by 7 p.m. on election day.[4]

Military and overseas voting

For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.

Early voting

See also: Early voting

Kansas is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting can begin as early as 20 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day.[5] The average number of days prior to an election that voters can cast an early ballot is 21 days in states with a definitive starting date.

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