Am I eligible to vote?

According to state law, in order to vote in Kansas, you must meet the constitutional qualifications of a voter and be registered to vote. You may file a voter registration application with your county election office if you meet the qualifications of a voter and are not disqualified.

Qualifications

To complete a voter registration application and vote in Kansas, you must meet the following constitutional qualifications:

1. Be a resident of Kansas

There is no length of residency requirement in Kansas, but a person must be registered 21 days before the election and must be a resident at the time of registration.

If you move from one county to another within the state, your name is removed from the voter list in the county of former residence and added to the voter list in the county of new residence, either by re-registering in the new county or by completing a driver's license change of address form. If you move out of the state, your name is removed from the voter list in the county of your most recent registration. You may at any time file a written request with the county election officer to have your name removed from the voter list.

2. Be 18 years of age or older

If you are 17 years old but will be 18 before the next election, you may register to vote. This does not allow you to vote in the primary or at any other election before turning 18.

3. Be a U.S. citizen

Note: Beginning January 1, 2013, individuals registering for the first time in Kansas are required to submit a document to prove their U.S. citizenship.

Disqualifications

You are disqualified from voting by reason of death, federal or state felony conviction, or declaration by a Kansas court of law.

Conviction of either a state or a federal felony results in the loss of voting rights until you complete the terms of the sentence. If you are granted probation or parole, your term of sentence is not completed until the probation or parole is finished. The law prohibits a person who has been convicted of a felony from all of the following: registering to vote, voting, holding public office, or serving on a jury.

  1. Federal convictions: the National Voter Registration Act directs the U.S. Attorney in each federal judicial district to notify the Secretary of State's office of federal felony convictions. The Secretary of State's office forwards the notice to the appropriate county election officer for cancellation of the felon's voter registration.
  2. State convictions: the county election officer is required to cancel the voter registration of all persons convicted of state felonies.

Note: A felon who loses voting rights may re-register to vote after their sentence is completed. The county election officer does not automatically restore the person's name to the registration list. When registering to vote, the felon is not required to submit proof of final discharge. The voter registration application form contains an affidavit above the signature line attesting that the person's rights have been restored. Signing a false affidavit is a felony, which could result in loss of voting rights upon conviction.