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Election Commissioner Bruce Newby




Advance Voting



Advance Voting Options

Advance Voting Application

Advance Ballots by Mail

Marking Your Ballot

Make Sure Your Vote Counts

Eligibility    top

All Kansas registered voters are eligible to vote by Advance Ballot.  Advance voting has replaced absentee voting making every registered voter eligible to vote in advance of an election without having to give a reason or excuse.  If you vote in advance, you are not eligible to vote again at a polling place.  However, if you apply to vote in advance and do not, you are still eligible to vote at a polling place.  Do not attempt to vote more than once at any election.  Voting more than once at any election is a crime.

Advance Voting Options    top

    Vote In Advance by Mail

  • Registered voters must apply for an advance ballot for each election.  A separate application form must be completed for each individual voter and for each election.
  • If you have a permanent disability or illness you may apply for permanent advance voter status.  Call the Election Office to obtain an Application for Permanent Advance Voting Status.  Permanent advance voters automatically receive a ballot by mail for every election.


    Vote in Person

  • At the Election Office, 850 State Avenue, during business hours.
  • At a designated satellite advance voting site, if available, during hours posted at site.
  • The advance voting period in Wyandotte County will normally begin on Tuesday, 14 days before every election.  The advance voting period ends at noon Monday on the day before Election Day.

Advance Voting Application    top

  • To vote by mail, download and print the Application for Advance Voting Ballot.  You must complete and sign the application in order to receive a ballot.
  • Request an advance ballot early to ensure sufficient time for mailing both the Application for Advance Voting Ballot and mailing a ballot.
  • An advance voting applicant must provide with the application a Kansas Driver's license number, or Kansas state identification card number, or a copy of one of the other forms of photo ID specified in section 2 of the application.  Failure to provide required identification with the application will result in the voter receiving a provisional ballot.  The voted provisional ballot cannot be counted unless the voter provides the required photo identification.
  • You can fax or mail your completed application to the Election Office up to 4 months (120 days) before an election.
  • The deadline for submitting an application to receive a ballot by mail is Friday of the week before Election Day.  However, applicants, whose applications are received just prior to the deadline, risk not receiving a ballot if the mail is not delivered timely.

Advance Ballots by Mail    top

  • Ballots for advance voters will be mailed beginning 20 days prior to each election.
  • Voted ballots must be returned and received in the Election Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day to be counted.  Your advance ballot will not be counted if you leave your ballot at a polling place or if it is received after 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Marking Your Ballot    top

  • Read and follow the instructions that come with your ballot.
  • Vote the ballot yourself.  Do not let another person tell you how you should vote.
  • If you make a mistake on your ballot, contact the Election Office for a replacement ballot.
  • After you mark your ballot, insert it in the Ballot envelope.
  • Sign your name and write your current address on the outside of the ballot return envelope where indicated.  Do not remove the envelope privacy flap.


  • If you require assistance in marking your ballot, the person assisting you must also sign the Affidavit of Assistance on the back of the ballot envelope.
  • If you do require assistance in marking your ballot, be certain that the person assisting you can be trusted and is NOT with a political campaign, your employer, agent of employer, or officer or agent of a union to which you are a member.
  • Seal the envelope, apply the correct amount of postage, and mail your voted ballot.
  • You may also deliver the voted advance ballot to the Election Office.
  • If you have someone else return your ballot for you, you must write the name of the person on the return envelope that you have chosen in the section provided for this.
  • All voted ballots must be received in the Election Office no later than 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.

Make Sure Your Vote Counts    top

  • Don't forget to SIGN AND WRITE YOUR ADDRESS where indicated on the outside of the ballot envelope before sealing the envelope.



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