Elections 101


We get it. Voting can be intimidating. Where? How? When? We’ve got all the information you need to cast your ballot confidently, whether it’s your first time or fortieth.

The information below is from our most recent 2022 election, but you can still use this information to get ready for our elections next year!


Here’s how to vote in Kansas…


You need to register to vote by October 18 in order to cast your ballot in the August 2nd primary! If you will be 18 by November 8th, you can register to vote! 

Register to Vote Online

If you think you’re already registered to vote, check here. We suggest always checking your registration before the deadline to make sure its active and current. If you’ve moved or changed your name, you need to update your registration!


It’s free, easy, and safe to vote by mail in Kansas! Any voter in Kansas can choose to vote by mail, no reason needed. You just need to request a mail-in ballot before each election.

We love voting by mail because you have time to go over your ballot and are able to return it on your schedule. When you get your ballot, mail it back (right away is best), take it to your dropbox location/an early voting site, or take it to your polling place on Election day. 

Request a mail-in ballot       Vote By Mail FAQ


Skip the google search and get right to the information you need about your ballot using the free, nonpartisan voter guides at KSBallot.org and VOTE411.org.

At KSBallot.org, you can enter your address to see what races and issues are on your ballot, research your candidates, find out where to vote early and on election day, and set reminders to vote.

The League of Women Voters’ VOTE411.org is another one-stop shop for nonpartisan election info, both general and state-specific. Here you find look up your polling place, see your candidates, and find great in-depth candidate information through their candidate surveys!

Check out KSBallot  Go to Vote411

Note: KSBallot.org will not be live until Oct 1, 2022.


Voting by mail? If you ordered a mail-in ballot, you can vote as soon as you get it!
Mail it back (do it right away!)
Take it to a dropbox location. Find one close to you at KSBallot.org.
Take it to a polling location, either early or on election day (see below.)

Voting in person, early? Skip the lines and vote before election day! Early voting locations will open by October 19 in many places. Check for locations and dates at KSBallot.org.

Voting on Election Day? Want to vote on the day itself? Polls will open at 7 am on November 8, 2022 in most of Kansas. Find out where your polling location is at KSBallot.org.


For help at the polls, call the non-partisan Election Protection Hotline at 1-866-OUR-VOTE. Para obtener ayuda en sitios de votación, llame a la Línea de Protección Electoral no partidista al 1-888-VE-Y-VOTA.

A few biggies to remember:

  1. If the polls close while you’re still in line, stay in line – you have the right to vote.
  2. If you make a mistake on your ballot, ask for a new one.
  3. If the machines are down at your polling place, ask for a paper ballot.
  4. Request a provisional ballot if a poll worker says your name is not on the list of registered voters.

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