Instructions for registering to vote
In order to register to vote in Kansas you must be eligible and registered. To register to vote, follow these instructions.
1. Obtain a Kansas Voter Registration Application
- On paper. Click here to print the form: Voter Registration Application (Español). The application is also available at your county election office, at the Secretary of State's office, or at various sites around the state. Some sites are required by law and others may be designated by the county election officer. These sites include many banks, grocery stores, libraries, city offices, and at public events such as county fairs and the state fair.
- Online. To register to vote online, you must have a valid Kansas driver's license or nondriver's identification card. If you do, click here to access the website: Online Voter Registration.
2. Complete the application carefully
- On paper. Read and carefully answer all required questions. The form will be rejected if you do not answer "Yes" to the citizen and age questions, or provide your address and birth date. If any other information is incomplete or illegible, you may receive a call from the county election office asking for more information. Sign and date the application.
- Online. If you have a valid Kansas driver's license or nondriver's identification card, follow the steps you must complete in the online voter registration process: Verify your voting eligibility; Verify that you have a valid driver's license or nondriver's identification card; Enter your personal information; Review and submit your information.
- Note: Beginning January 1, 2013, any person who is not on the voter registration list in Kansas must submit proof of U.S. citizenship as part of the registration process. A notice of this requirement may be given to registrants who fail to provide such evidence when completing the voter registration application.
- Due to recent court rulings, if you have applied to register to vote at a Kansas Division of Motor Vehicles office or if you have applied to register to vote using the "Federal Form" voter registration application (as opposed to the standard 'state form') and have not yet provided proof of citizenship, you are registered to vote. Your name will appear on the poll book for your voting location and you will be given a standard ballot. There is nothing further you need to provide unless and until you receive further notice.
3. Turn in your application
- On paper. Return the fully completed application to your county election office by mail, by fax, or in person. County addresses are listed on the back of the application.
- Online. Review and submit your information electronically.
- Deadlines. The deadline to register to vote for any election is 21 days prior to that election. (2016 deadlines are July 12 for the primary election and October 18 for the general election.) The deadline to change party affiliation from one party to another is June 1st. Applications postmarked by that day will be accepted and processed for that election. If the postmark is missing or illegible, the application will be accepted only if received in the election office by the 9th day before the election. Applications received during the 20-day period when registration is closed will not be valid for that election. These applications will be processed beginning the day after the election.
4. Receive your certificate of registration by mail from the county election office.
- Verify information. It is important that you make sure the information on your certificate of registration is accurate.
- Report errors. If any information is incorrect, contact your county election office.