Luckily for Kansas voters, our state has made it easy to vote all the time – and that means it is easy to vote even in a pandemic! There are three ways to vote in Kansas.
You can vote on election day at your polling place in person. Only this year, you should wear a mask, practice social distancing, and consider that the line to vote might be longer than usual.
You can vote in advance in person. Counties are allowed to start advance voting in person on October 14 this year. For most counties, this means going to the county office. Some large counties like Johnson and Sedgwick may have satellite voting sites. You can contact your county election office to find out where to go to advance vote in person. Some counties may even have weekend hours.
You can vote in advance by mail. Kansas has no restrictions on who can vote by mail – this option is available to everyone simply by requesting an advance ballot. Advance voting by mail begins on October 14. You can request a ballot right now by going to www.edvotesks.org.
You’ve probably heard that voting by mail could be problematic due to changes being implemented at the United States Postal Service. There is data right now showing the mail has been slowed down by those changes. You have until October 27 to apply for an advance ballot and your ballot must be in the hands of your election office by November 6 (postmarked by November 3). However, it is best to ACT NOW if you want to vote by mail.
If you are worried about your ballot getting to your election office through the USPS, you have another option. Every county has been provided with two secure ballot drop boxes. You can skip the postal service and take your ballot directly to a drop box. That way you will know it got to the office in time. And just to be sure, you can check online to see if your ballot has been received by going to https://myvoteinfo.org/voterview.
But what if you prefer that your spouse, neighbor, or teenager takes your ballot to the drop box? This is allowed but to exercise this option, you must be sure that you AND the person dropping off your ballot BOTH sign the envelope before sealing it. This ensures you are casting your own vote and no one is doing it for you. During this volatile election, we believe candidates, political parties, and organizations will be monitoring those drop boxes to see if people are dropping off multiple envelopes. We can keep our elections clean and ensure our ballots are counted by following these simple and reasonable rules.
To check your voter registration, go to https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/voterview/
To find your polling place, go to https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/voterview/
To apply for an advance ballot to vote by mail, go to https://www.sos.ks.gov/forms//elections/AV1.pdf
To track your application for an advance ballot, go to https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/voterview
To track receipt of your advance ballot, go to https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/voterview