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How to Vote in Kansas’ 2020 Election: What You Need to Know

En español | All Kansas voters can request a no-excuse mail-in ballot to vote safely from home in November:

  • No-excuse advance mail ballots — the state’s preferred term for early mail-in ballots ­­— will be offered to any registered voter who requests one.
  • Some counties will let you vote early and in person as early as Oct. 14, but all counties must do so by Oct. 27. Early voting will close at noon on Nov. 2, the day before Election Day.
  • Kansas officials are using federal aid to help cover the costs of extra hand sanitizer, disinfectant, face masks and disposable gloves for polling locations. Federal dollars are also being used to cover mail-in-ballot postage.
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Here’s what else you need to know:

How do I register to vote?

You can register online, by mail or in person. You can use the state’s voter registration portal, as long as you have a valid Kansas driver’s license or state-issued ID card.

If you’d prefer to register by mail or don’t have an acceptable form of ID, you’ll need to print an application and mail it to your county election office. The application asks for your driver’s license number, but if you don’t have one you can submit information from a state-issued ID card or provide the last four digits of your Social Security number.

You can also drop off a completed application or fill one out in person at your county election office.

You must register by Oct. 13 to cast your ballot in November's general election. You can use the state’s voter information portal to see if you are already registered.

How can I get an advance mail ballot? Are there important deadlines?

Kansas offers no-excuse advance mail ballots to all registered voters. You can print a request form for one online and mail it to your county election office, along with a copy of your driver’s license number or valid photo ID by Oct. 27. Acceptable forms of ID are listed on the ballot-request form and include military IDs, U.S. passports and concealed-carry licenses, among others.

Applications for mail-in ballots must be received by Oct. 27. Once you receive your mail-in ballot, you'll need to postmark it on or before Nov. 3. Your county election office must receive it by Nov. 6.

How do I know that my mail-in ballot is secure?

Before sending a mail-in ballot to someone who requested it, county election officers verify that the signature on the request form matches the information they have on file. If the signatures don’t match, an election official will reach out to the voter.

When is Election Day? When are polls open?

Tuesday, Nov. 3. Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. You can use the state’s voter information portal to determine where to cast your ballot.

Can I vote in person before Election Day?

You can vote at your county election office or, in some cases, at satellite locations determined by your county. Advance in-person voting will begin in some counties on Oct. 14, but all counties must offer in-person early voting by Oct. 27. Contact your county election office to determine when and where you can cast an advance ballot.

In-person advance voting ends at noon on Nov. 2, the day before Election Day.

What form of identification do I need to vote?

You’ll need to show an acceptable ID to cast your ballot. Election officials will accept a driver’s license or state-issued ID card, a U.S. passport, a U.S. military ID, an ID card issued by a tribal government or a Kansas-issued concealed-carry license, among others. A full list can be found on the secretary of state’s website.

What is being done to make polling places safe from the coronavirus?

State and local officials are spending about $2.6 million in federal aid to reimburse counties for pandemic-related expenditures that will keep voters safe. This includes hand sanitizer, disinfectant spray, face masks and disposable gloves. Some counties also offered voters a disposable stylus for the August primary so that they didn’t have to touch any screens; they plan to provide these for the general election, too.

Kansas will provide each polling place with two plexiglass shields as additional protection for election workers and voters. Some counties have local mask mandates, so you may be required to wear a face covering. Voters are encouraged to bring hand sanitizer and to practice social distancing.

Will I be able to vote in the same place as I always have?

Not necessarily. In some counties polling locations may consolidate to larger venues to account for social distancing and for an expected shortage of polling workers. You should use the state’s polling location search tool to see where to cast your ballot.

 What are the key races in my state?

  • U.S. president
  • U.S. Senate: 1 seat
  • U.S. House: All four seats
  • State Senate: All 40 seats
  • State House: All 125 seats

Voting rules and procedures may change before Election Day. We’ll update this story if they do, so bookmark this page and check back.

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AARP is urging older Americans to ask the candidates 5 key questions:

  • Just over half of all older Social Security beneficiaries rely on the program for at least 50 percent of their income. If elected, how will you ensure that current and future Social Security benefits are not cut as part of deficit reduction?
  • Half of the people with traditional Medicare spend at least a sixth of their income on health care. If elected, how will you protect Medicare from benefit cuts, as well as lower health care costs and ensure seniors continue receiving the affordable health care they have earned?
  • COVID-19 has caused death and suffering for too many older Americans who require long-term care. If elected, how will you make sure seniors can access safe and affordable long-term care at home, as well as in facilities like nursing homes and assisted living?

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