How to Register, Vote and Track Your Ballot in Kansas

Posted on 11/22/22 by Andrew Soergel, Catherine Maddux

En español | Kansas offers several ways to register to vote, including online, by mail and in person. All registered voters are eligible to get an advance ballot. Those who vote at the polls must bring an approved photo ID.

The state’s Nov. 8 general election decided races for seats in the U.S. House, U.S. Senate and state House as well as other statewide races, including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general.

  • Upcoming elections: Information about upcoming elections is not yet available, but will be published on the Kansas elections website.
  • Advance ballot voting: All registered voters can request a no-excuse advance ballot and vote from home.
  • Early in-person voting: Registered voters can cast their ballots in person at county election offices or satellite voting locations up to 20 days before an election.
  • Voting at the polls: Polls are open from at least 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., though exact hours may vary by county. Be sure to bring an approved photo ID.

The redrawing of congressional and state legislative districts during the 2020 redistricting cycle may change which candidates appear on your ballot.

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  • Online: Visit the state’s elections website to register online. You'll need a valid Kansas driver’s license or state identification card.
  • By mail: Print and complete an application form, or contact your county elections office and ask to receive one by mail. You’ll be asked for your driver’s license or state ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Mail completed forms to your county elections office.
  • In person: Register to vote or drop off an application at your local election office.

Check your registration status through the state’s voter information portal.

Yes. You can only vote in the primary for the party with which you’re affiliated. Unaffiliated voters can declare a party affiliation on primary election day and vote in that party’s primary. If you’re a registered voter who wants to update your party affiliation, you’ll need to submit a new voter registration application.

Any registered voter can request an advance ballot and vote from home in the November general election. Apply by mail or in person.

  • In person: Visit your local elections office to pick up or return a completed application.

  • By mail: Mail a completed ballot to your local elections office. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and must be received by elections officials by Nov. 11 to count in the general.
  • In person: Take your completed ballot to your local elections office. Some jurisdictions also offer secure ballot drop boxes. Ballots must be delivered by 7 p.m. on Election Day.

Use the state’s Voter View website to track the status of your ballot.

Yes. Voters can cast ballots in person at county election offices or satellite voting locations up to 20 days before an election. Contact your local elections office for hours and satellite locations.

What do I need to know about voting at the polls on Election Day?

Polls generally are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but counties may open their polling stations as early as 6 a.m. and close as late as 8 p.m. Find your polling place and hours through the state’s Voter View site.

Yes. Permanent advance voting applications are available for people with permanent illnesses or disabilities. These voters will receive advance ballots by mail for all future elections.

The Kansas Secretary of State requires all polling places to accommodate curbside voting. If you need to vote from your vehicle in the parking lot of your polling place, send someone in to alert the poll workers or follow curbside voting instructions displayed in the parking area.

Yes, you must bring an approved photo ID when casting a ballot in person. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license or state ID card, U.S. passport, tribal ID or concealed carry license. A list of acceptable IDs can be found on the state elections website. Voters 65 and older can use an expired photo ID. If you don’t have a valid ID while voting in person you’ll receive a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are set aside from other ballots and their validity is later determined by the county canvassing board.

Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Nov. 22, 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 18, 2020.

This story is provided by AARP Kansas. Visit the AARP Kansas page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.

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