Voting in Kansas
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Kansas has a mixed primary system. In the Democratic caucus, Independent voters can register as Democrats on caucus day. For Republicans it is a closed caucus.
To vote in Kansas, you must meet the following requirements:
- 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.
As of December 2013, Kansas is one of the 13 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:
- 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.
- See also: State Poll Opening and Closing Times
In Kansas, most polls are open from 7:00 AM to 7:00 PM Central Time as Kansas mandates in its state laws that the polls must be open a minimum of twelve (12) hours. Counties may open the polls earlier and close them later.
All voters are eligible to vote absentee in Kansas. There are no special eligibility requirements for voting absentee.
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 7pm on election day.
Military and overseas voting
For full details, visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program here.
Kansas is one of 33 states that has early voting with no specific requirements as to who can vote early. Early voting begins 15 days before an election and ends on the day prior to election day. 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.