NEW voting laws in Kansas
- Photo ID - In Kansas you now have to show an acceptable form of Photo ID when you Vote at the Polls. This sheet details the new rules.
- However, if you are approved as a Permanent Advance Voter you do NOT have to show a Photo ID to vote at home. A Kansan with a permanent disability will be approved as a permanent advance voter, but they have to submit the form. See how below.
- Proof of Citizenship - All Kansans who register to vote AFTER Jan. 1 2013 will have to show proof of US citizenship to be able to vote. If you registered to vote prior to this date, this does not apply to you. The rules are detailed below.
- A Video detailing the new rules (called “Get Ready to Vote in Kansas”) can be found at the following Web Sites:
Q. “What if I can’t find documentation proving I am a US Citizen, but I am one?”
To Vote in KansasYou Must be Registered to Vote: Registering to vote is quick and easy. You must be registered to vote at least 21 days prior to election day. To register to vote you can either filling out and returning this paper form. or if you have a valid Kansas Drivers License or ID, you can register to vote online here
“What photo IDs are OK?”
You can use several of these types of ID to prove that you are you, including:
• A driver's license
• A nondriver's ID card
• A U.S. passport
• A Kansas college ID
• A U.S. military identification document
• A government-issued employee badge
• A concealed carry gun license
Other forms of ID are also acceptable. You can find a full list and more details at www.GotVoterID.com.
“I have a permanent disability. Can I be excused from the photo ID requirement?”
Excellent question. Yes, you can be excused from the photo ID requirements for voting but only if these two things are true for you:
#1) You must have a permanent disability or illness. Having a permanent disability or illness means it will last the rest of your life.
#2) You must be approved as a permanent advance voter. Permanent advance voters are people who mail in their voting ballot every election instead of voting in person at a polling place.
Fill out the form and turn it into your County Election Office. You county election office can be found here.
If you meet these two requirements, you do not need a ID to vote. If you do not meet these two requirements, you will need a photo ID to vote.
“Becoming a permanent advance voter sounds cool. How do I apply?”
Applying to become a permanent advance voter is quick and easy.
The deadline to submit your application to become a permanent advance voter is at least 4 days before election day.
“What happens once I become a permanent advance voter?”
You will automatically get your ballot in the mail for each election. Then you can vote in the privacy of your own home. You return your ballot by mail.
No more remembering when the next election is. No more hassles of having to find transportation to the voting place. Permanent advance voting … what could be more convenient?
“What if am not on the permanent advance voting list, but I still want to vote by mail? Do I provide ID?”
If you want to vote by mail and you are not on the permanent advance voting list, you will have to provide a copy of your ID or more information when you mail in your vote. You will have to either:
#1) Provide a photocopy of your photo ID – remember the list I gave earlier of OK forms of ID
#2) Or, you will write your full Kansas driver’s license number or nondriver ID number in the space on the ballot form
If you don’t have a photo ID, you must do one of these things to vote:
#1) you must get an accepted photo ID and show it to vote (see above), OR
Click here to download the application for free non-driver ID You must be registered to vote first before you can get a free ID.
#2) you must be approved as a permanent advance voter, as we just talked about.
“Can I get a Kansas ID for free?”
Yes, you can get a free Kansas ID. Once you are registered to vote you
can apply for a free nondriver ID card. Click here to download the form
to get a free non-drivers ID card. This next
point is very important. You must first register to vote to get a free
Kansas ID. Click here to download the voter registration card if you
are not already registered to vote.
“What if all I have is an expired ID?”
If you are 65 years old or older, you can use an expired photo ID, like an expired driver’s license. If not, you need a current ID from the above list.
#1. If you were born in Kansas, you can get a copy of your Kansas birth certificate. You get this for free from the Kansas Office of Vital Statistics.
Click here to download application for free birth certificate
#2. If you were born outside Kansas you can pay to get your out-of-state birth certificate. and who do not have proof of identity and do not wish to pay for such a document from their home state, may apply for a State Voter Identification Document. (NOTE: This identification document is valid only for the purpose of voting in Kansas and may not be used for any other purpose.)
- not possess any valid photographic identification documents under Kansas law,
- lack any of the documents necessary to prove identity,
- sign an affidavit attesting to items 1 and 2,
- be registered to vote in Kansas, and
- have been born outside of the state of Kansas.
#3. If you have a permanent disability and you are approved as a permanent advance voter, you do not have to provide a photo ID.
For more information about the new Voter ID requirements, go to www.GotVoterID.com
New Proof of Citizenship Requirements for Kansans who Register to vote AFTER January 1, 2013
Now we’ll look at the new Kansas law that requires first time voters to prove they are a United States citizen.
This law only applies to Kansans who register to vote for the first time AFTER January 1, 2013. So if you registered to vote in Kansas before then, this law does not affect you.
For those who register to vote after January 1, 2013, you must provide your County Election Office a copy of a document that proves you are a US citizen. You must do this either when you register to vote or at least one day before the election you want to vote in.
“What can I use to prove my citizenship?”
You will need to give the County Election office a copy of one of these:
• A birth certificate that shows you were born in the U.S.
• A U.S. passport, either valid or expired
• U.S. naturalization documents that show you have become a U.S. citizen
• A Bureau of Indian Affairs card number, tribal treaty card number or tribal enrollment number
• A final adoption decree showing the your name and U.S. birthplace
There are also other documents that work. For a full list of ways to prove your U.S. citizenship for voter registration, visit www.GotVoterID.com
And remember – you only need to prove you are a U.S. citizen if you are a new registered voter after January 1, 2013.
“What if I can’t find documentation proving I am a US Citizen, but I am one?”
If you have trouble finding acceptable documentation that you are a US Citizen, you do have the right to make a formal appeal to prove your citizenship, even if you don’t have the documents listed earlier. This appeal is made in a hearing of the State Election Board. The form to request an appeal can be found at the Secretary of State’s website at http://www.kssos.org/forms/elections/RCD.pdf. Contact the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office for more information on how to make this appeal.
If you have a disability and need help understanding these new laws, the voting process, or any other disability rights issue, please contact the:
Disability Rights Center of Kansas
For more information on photo ID or citizenship requirements for newly registered voters, or other voting questions, contact the:
Kansas Secretary of State’s Office