Voting in Kansas
Voter Registration In Kansas
Who Can Register In Kansas
To register to vote in Kansas, you must:
- Be a U.S. citizen
- Be a resident of Kansas
- Be at least 18 years old, or turning 18 by the election
- Have received final discharge from imprisonment, parole, or conditional release if convicted of a felony
- Have abandoned your former residence and/or name
You must register to vote at least 21 days before the election you wish to vote in.
Kansas Election Day Registration
Kansas does not offer Election Day registration, so be sure to submit your voter registration before the deadline. If you move to Kansas from another state fewer than 45 days before an election and the deadline to register to vote has passed, you may register and vote a president-only ballot at your county election office by 12:00 PM the day before Election Day.
You can pre-register to vote in Kansas if you are 17 years old and will turn 18 by the next election.
Voting Rights Restoration
Kansas does restore the right to vote upon final discharge from imprisonment, parole, or conditional release.
If you have a past conviction, learn more about your eligibility to vote here.
Voting In Kansas
Where To Vote In Kansas
You can search for your polling place here.
Vote-by-mail & Absentee
No excuse is needed to vote by mail in Kansas. Vote by mail begins 20 days ahead of the election, regardless of county.
Early Voting In Kansas
Kansas offers in-person early voting. No excuse is needed to vote early. Early voting begins 7-20 days before Election Day, depending on the county -- all counties must begin early voting 7 days before the election, but have the option to start as early as 20 days before. Early voting ends the Monday before the election at noon.
Primary Elections In Kansas
Kansas has closed primaries. Voters registered with a particular party may only vote in that party's primary. However, unaffiliated voters can register with a political party on Election Day. 17-year-olds cannot vote in the primary election even if they will be 18 by the corresponding general election.
Voter ID In Kansas
Voter ID Requirements
Photo ID is required to vote in Kansas. 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. Persons age 65 or older may use expired photo ID documents. Valid forms of ID include:
- A driver's license or nondriver's identification card issued by Kansas or by another state or district of the United States
- A concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas or a concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by another state or district of the United States
- A United States passport
- An employee badge or identification document issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office
- A military identification document issued by the United States
- A student identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in the state of Kansas
- A public assistance identification card issued by a municipal, county, state or federal government office
- An identification card issued by an Indian tribe
If you do not have an approved form of ID, you can get a free nondriver identification card through the Division of Vehicles, Kansas Department of Revenue. In order to obtain a nondriver identification card, a person must present acceptable proof of identity and proof of residence to the Division of Vehicles. If you don’t have proof of identity, you can apply for a free Kansas birth certificate. In order to obtain a fee waiver for a nondriver identification card, you must also sign a form containing an affidavit stating, among other things, that you:
- Are registered to vote in Kansas
- Do not possess a photographic identification document that is valid for voting purposes
- Have provided evidence of current Kansas voting registration status. Examples of such evidence of registration status include a voter registration card (original or photocopy) or a printout from Kansas VoterView.
If you go to your polling place without an approved form of ID, you can vote a provisional ballot. The provisional ballot will be counted only if you submit valid photo ID before the county canvass. Depending on the county, the canvass takes place 7-10 days following election day (on the Monday or on the 2nd Thursday following the election).
Additional Kansas Resources
Your State Election Official
Kansas Secretary of State
Phone number: 800.262.8683