Kansas Absentee Ballot Guide

Last updated March 22, 2016
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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.   

Additional Information

State Election Website: http://www.kssos.org/elections/elections.html
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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