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.
College student? Read Voting 101 - Voting in College in Kansas (.pdf)
Put the election date on your calendar or in your phone
- Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 is the general election. The biggest races will be at the top of the ballot, but every race and referendum is important.
- 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 what Kansas legislative districts you are in, KS Representative, KS Senate, and US Congressional districts
- Write down your polling location (polling locations change)
Register to Vote
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 district numbers (find them at ksleglookup.org) visit the Secretary of State's candidate list
- Write down the candidates in your districts
- Learn as much as you can about these individuals. One of them will represent you and your views in the Kansas Legislature. You can visit with them at a candidate forum, or send them an email. You can also learn more about them at ksleglookup.org, votesmart.org, ballotpedia.org, or openstates.org.
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 an advance ballot for the General Election on November 6, 2018 now (Request it now...)
Advance voting by mail begins October 17, 2018 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.