Be sure that you are ready to vote in the next election! Follow these steps, and then get your friends and family to do it, too. Because there's no excuse. In Kansas, we vote every year now, in August and November.
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Put the election dates on your calendar or in your phone
- Tuesday, August 6th, 2019 is the primary election.
- Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 is the general election
- Add these dates to your calendar: Election_Dates.ics
Check you have a valid Photo ID
- To vote in Kansas, you will need to present a valid photo ID, such as a Driver’s License. If you do not have one, you may use another form of photo ID, check for alternatives here: www.gotvoterid.com
Make sure you're registered to vote, and it's up to date
- Check your voter registration online: ksvotes.org
- Make sure your address is correct. If it is not, you will need to re-register at ksvotes.org, or vote with a provisional ballot on election day.
- Write down any information you might need, like what Kansas legislative districts you are in, KS Representative, KS Senate, and US Congressional districts, etc.
- Write down your polling location (because polling locations change)
Register to Vote
- If you need to register to vote go here: ksvotes.org
- This link uses the Federal form, and does not require proof of citizenship beyond affirming that you are a citizen
- The last day to register to vote in the primary election is July 16, 2019
- The last day to register to vote in the general election is October 15, 2019
- Do it now!
Update your Registration Information
- If you need to update your address, change your party, or make other changes, go here: ksvotes.org
Know who is running!
- Armed with your information, go to ksballot.org to see who and what is on your ballot, research them, find your polling location, make a voting plan, and get reminders to vote. You can also visit with your county election offices for more information.
- Write down the candidates in your districts or on your ballot
- Learn as much as you can about these individuals. One of them will represent you and your views in your government. You can visit with them at a candidate forum, or send them an email. Research them starting from ksballot.org. You may also be able to learn more about them at ksleglookup.org, votesmart.org, ballotpedia.org, or openstates.org, or check local news sources for local candidates.
Voting early does two important things. It makes sure your vote is counted if there's a blizzard on election day or you have car trouble. And it lets the candidate for whom you vote know they can count on you. They can spend their time engaging with other voters, instead. You may even get fewer phone calls!
Here's how you can vote early:
Vote by mail
Voting by mail is the most convenient way to vote early. You can request an advance ballot by mail at any time before an election, but you will need to request one for each election (you write the date of the election at the very bottom). A ballot will be mailed to you before the election, and you can mail it in once advance voting starts.
- Request your advance ballots now! It's easy to do online.
- Advance voting by mail begins July 17, 2019 for the primary election, and must be mailed by election day
- Advance voting by mail begins October 16, 2019 for the general election, and must be mailed by election day
- Remember to sign the outside of the envelope, or your vote will not be counted!
Vote early in person!
You can start voting as many as twenty days ahead of an election, by going in to your county election office, or to any satellite voting locations they have opened. Find your county on this list: sos.ks.gov/elections/elections_registration_voting.html
Or vote on election day!
- If you aren't voting early, be sure to vote in person on election day at the polling location you wrote down earlier (find it again here)
Make it an Event!
Voting advocates have learned that when a voter makes a plan, they are more likely to follow through with voting. So make a plan! Decide when you're going to vote, and then get some friends or family to do it with you!
Whatever you do, make it an event. Celebrate our democracy. Bring friends, Show your kids how you vote. Let them know this is both a right and a duty of citizenship.