En español | Kansas' Nov. 8 general election will decide races for seats in the U.S. House, U.S. Senate and state House as well as other statewide races, including governor, lieutenant governor and attorney general. The primary was Aug. 2.
- Advance ballot voting: All registered voters can request a no-excuse advance ballot and vote from home in November’s general election.
- Early in-person voting: All counties must offer early in-person voting at their election offices starting Nov. 1.
- In-person voting on Election Day: The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls will be open from at least 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., though exact hours may vary by county.
What's new this year?
The redrawing of congressional and state legislative district boundaries may change which candidates appear on your ballot.
What races are on the ballot?
- Governor: incumbent Gov. Laura Kelly (D), Derek Schmidt (R)
- U.S. Senate: Mark Holland (D), Jerry Moran (R)
- U.S. House: All four seats
- State House: All 125 seats
- Attorney general and other statewide offices
How do I register to vote?
- Online: Visit the state’s elections website to register online. You'll need a valid Kansas driver’s license or state identification card. Register by Oct. 18 to vote in the general.
- By mail: Print and complete an application form, or contact your county elections office and ask to receive one by mail. You’ll be asked for your driver’s license or state ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. Mail completed forms to your county elections office. Forms must be postmarked by Oct. 18 to vote in the general.
- In person: Register to vote or drop off an application at your local election office. Register by Oct. 18 to vote in the general.
The deadline to register online or in person is Oct. 18. If you mail your application, it must be postmarked by Oct. 18.
Check your registration status through the state’s voter information portal.
How can I get an advance voting ballot? What are the important deadlines?
Any registered voter can request an advance ballot and vote from home in the November general election. Apply by mail or in person. Applications must be received by Nov. 1. to vote in the general.
- By mail: Print an advance ballot application and mail it to the secretary of state’s office. You can also email your advance ballot application to firstname.lastname@example.org or fax it to your local elections office.
- In person: Visit your local elections office to pick up or return a completed application.
How do I return my advance ballot?
- By mail: Mail your completed ballot to your local elections office. Ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day and must be received by elections officials by Nov. 11 to count in the general.
- In person: Take your completed ballot to your local elections office. Some jurisdictions also offer secure ballot drop boxes. Ballots must be delivered by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Use the state’s Voter View website to track the status of your ballot.
Can I vote in person before Election Day?
Yes. Early in-person voting must begin Nov. 1 and end on Nov. 7 for the general. However, counties may opt to offer early in-person voting starting Oct. 19. Contact your local elections office for hours and satellite locations.
When is Election Day? When are polls open?
The general election is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Polls generally are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but counties may open their polling stations as early as 6 a.m. and close as late as 8 p.m. Find your polling place and hours through the state’s Voter View site.
Are resources available for people with disabilities?
Yes. Permanent advance voting applications are available for people with permanent illnesses or disabilities. These voters will receive advance ballots by mail for all future elections.
The Kansas Secretary of State requires all polling places to accommodate curbside voting. If you need to vote from your vehicle in the parking lot of your polling place, send someone in to alert the poll workers or follow curbside voting instructions displayed in the parking area.
Do I need identification to vote?
Yes. Acceptable forms of ID include a driver’s license or state ID card, U.S. passport, tribal ID or concealed carry license. A list of acceptable IDs can be found on the state elections website. Voters 65 and older can use an expired photo ID. If you don’t have a valid ID while voting in person you’ll receive a provisional ballot. Provisional ballots are set aside from other ballots and their validity is later determined by the county canvassing board.
Editor’s note: This guide was updated on Aug. 8, 2022, with information about how to vote in 2022. The guide was first published on Aug. 18, 2020.