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