You may vote in person at your county election office starting the Tuesday before Election Day, or up to 20 days before the election, depending on the county. Some counties offer satellite voting sites during the 20-day advance voting period. To find such locations, contact your county election office.
For the 2012 election, many counties will begin in-person advance voting on October 17 for the general election, but some will wait until a later date. All counties must offer in-person advance voting by October 30. The deadline for in-person advance voting is noon on August 6, 2012 for the primary election, which is on August 7, and noon on November 5, 2012 for the general election, which is November 6.
To vote at a polling place, whether before or on Election Day, follow these instructions.
- State your name.
- Provide proper photographic identification.
- State your address.
- Sign the poll book. You may request assistance to sign your name or to vote.
- Mark your ballot. Follow instructions carefully. With a paper ballot, pay attention to the number of candidates you can select.
- Make sure the ballot is complete and accurate.
- Cast your ballot.
- Exit the polling place.
Note: Voters with religious objections to photographic identification may sign an affidavit before the election or at the poll on election day to be exempted from the photo identification requirement.
Primary Election Note: For information based on political party affiliation in a primary election, check Voting Rules for Primary Elections.
To vote by mail in advance of Election Day, follow these instructions.
- Complete the application for an advance ballot.
- Provide either your driver's license number on the ballot application or a copy of your photo identification document with your application.
- Return the application to your county election office before the deadline of August 3 for the primary election and November 2 for the general election in 2012.
- The ballot will be mailed to you. Complete and return your ballot to your county election office by mail beginning July 18 for the primary election and October 17 for the general election in 2012.
- All ballots must be received in the county election office by the close of polls on Election Day.
- You may request assistance in applying for and casting an advance voting ballot.
Military and overseas citizens
A federal law called the Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA) guarantees special status for military personnel, serving either domestically or abroad, and civilian United States citizens living abroad. While you are not required to be registered to vote in the county where you are applying, you must meet the constitutional qualifications of a Kansas elector. Steps for voting include:
- Apply for a ballot from your county election office in the county you consider to be your residence. After filing your application, you will automatically receive a ballot for every election in that calendar year.
- As a military or civilian federal services voter, you are allowed to fax or email your application to your county election office.
- Federal services ballots will be mailed to you beginning the 45th day before the election.
- Your federal services ballot must be received in the county election office before the close of polls on Election Day in order to be counted and included in the official election results.
Change of residence
If you moved immediately before a presidential election, you may vote a ballot containing only the presidential candidates. Here are three categories of president-only voters:
- New residents: You have moved to Kansas from another state less than 45 days before the presidential election. You must possess the qualifications of a Kansas elector, except for residency requirements. The law does not require that you were registered to vote in the state of your previous residence.
- Former residents: You are registered to vote in Kansas but moved to another state less than 45 days before the presidential election.
- Relocated residents: You moved from one precinct in Kansas where you were registered to another precinct in Kansas within 20 days or less before the presidential election.
Voting equipment instructions
It is important to be informed about the different types of voting equipment certified for use in Kansas. Voting equipment instructions are available on this site, at the polling place on Election Day, or by contacting your county election office.
When using the optical scan or touch screen voting machines you will be alerted to any errors on the ballot and you will have to correct the ballot before it will be accepted. Each polling place will have specific instructions for the method of voting.
Each county chooses its voting systems from a list of equipment certified by the Secretary of State. All certified systems must meet the requirements of the national voting system standards. A voting system security policy was adopted by county election officers to ensure that all voting systems remain secure now and in the future.