Kansas Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated May 04, 2014
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Important Deadlines

  • Voter Registration Form: Postmarked 21 days before the election (if mailed). Received 21 days before the election (in-person or online).
  • Absentee Ballot Application: Received by the Friday before the election
  • Voted Absentee Ballot: Received by 7:00 p.m. on election day

How to vote by absentee ballot (Kansas calls it "Advance Voting")

Register to vote

Register to vote online if you have a Kansas driver's license or non-driver's ID card. 

You can also use our Voter Registration Tool.  Print and sign your completed application and mail it to the address indicated on the form.

Verify your voter registration

It's best to verify your voter registration before applying for your absentee ballot.  Register to vote again before proceeding if there's a problem with your voter registration.  

NOTE: Most people receive their voter registration cards in the mail 2-3 weeks after registering to vote. Don't worry if you lost your voter registration card. You don't actually need it to vote.

Make sure you're eligible for absentee voting

Good news! Any registered voter may vote by absentee ballot in Kansas.

Apply for your absentee ballot

Download and complete the Kansas Adavance Voting Ballot Application. Mail your completed application to your County Election Officer

If you're voting for the first-time in your county, and you registered to vote by mail, it's best to include a copy of your ID with your application. Acceptable forms of ID include a current and valid photo ID or a current utility bill, bank statement, government check, paycheck, or other government document that shows the your name and address.

Receive, complete and return your voted ballot

Your County Election Officer will start mailing the advance voting ballots 20 days before the election.  Once you receive your ballot, fill it out, sign where indicated, and mail it back to your County Election Officer.   

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to provide ID when I register to vote in Kansas?

When you register, you must put your current Kansas driver's license number or non-driver's identification number on your voter registration form.  If you do not have either number, enter the last four digits of your social security number.  If you don't have any of these numbers, you must check the "none" box on the form.  However, you will need to provide photo ID when you vote, whether you vote in person or by mail.

Do I need to provide ID when voting by absentee ballot in Kansas? 

Yes.  Every voter must now provide a valid form of identification, with the exception of: persons with a permanent physical disability that makes it impossible for them to travel to obtain voting identification and who have permanent advance voting status; members of the merchant marine and uniformed service members who are on active duty and absent from the county on election day, as well as their spouses and dependents; and any voter whose religious beliefs prohibit photographic identification.

When you apply for your absentee ballot, you must provide your current and valid Kansas driver's license number, nondriver's identification card number, or a photocopy of any ID listed below.

The following forms of ID are valid if they contain the name and photograph of the voter and have not expired:* driver's license issued by Kansas or another state; state identification card; government-issued concealed carry handgun or weapon license; U.S. passport; employee badge or identification document issued by a government office or agency; military ID; student ID issued by an accredited postsecondary institution in Kansas; government-issued public assistance ID card.

*Expired documents are valid if the bearer is aged 65 or older.

Can I vote in person before the election in Kansas?

Yes. Check out our Early Voting page for details.

Additional Information

State Election Website: http://www.kssos.org/elections/elections.html
Email: election@sos.ks.gov
Local Election Officials: Your Local Election Official is the best person to contact if you have questions.  They'll be able to provide up-to-date information on rules and deadlines. 


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