En español | Kansas’s Aug. 2 primary will determine which candidates appear on November’s general election ballot for U.S. Senate, U.S. House, governor and some other statewide races.
Redrawn congressional and state legislative districts may change which candidates appear on your ballot.
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. Registered Republicans and Democrats cannot switch their party affiliation after June 1 and still vote in the primaries.
Note that this year all registered voters, regardless of party or affiliation,
can cast a primary vote for HCR 5003, a constitutional amendment on abortion rights, also known as the "Value Them Both Amendment."
Any registered voter can request an advance ballot — known as an absentee ballot in other states — and vote from home in the August primary and November general election. Apply by mail or in person. Applications must be received by July 26 to vote in the primary and by Nov. 1 to vote in the general.
Use the state’s Voter View website to track the status of your ballot.
Yes. Early in person voting must begin July 26 and end on Aug. 1 for the primary; Nov. 1 through Nov. 7 for the general. However, counties may opt to offer early in person voting starting July 13 for the primary and Oct. 19 for the general. Contact your local elections office for hours and satellite locations.
The primary election is Tuesday, Aug. 2. The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls generally are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but counties may open their polling stations as early as 6:00 a.m. and close as late as 8:00 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. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license or state ID card, U.S. passport, tribal ID or concealed carry license. A full list of acceptable IDs can be found on the Secretary of State’s 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 June 8 with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 18, 2020.
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