Quick and Easy Guide to Voter ID Laws in Kansas
- Oct. 29, 2012
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In April 2011, Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback signed the Kansas Secure and Fair Elections Act into law. Under the S.A.F.E. Act, voters must now present photographic identification when voting in person at the polls. Here’s a quick rundown of everything you need to know about the voter ID laws in Kansas before you go to vote on November 6.
1. Bring your Kansas driver’s license, U.S. passport, student ID or another form of photo identification to the polls. Any of the following are acceptable forms of ID:
- A driver’s license or nondriver’s identification card issued by Kansas or by another state or district of the United States
- A concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas or a concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by another state or district of the United States
- A United States passport
- An employee badge or identification document issued by a municipal, county, state, or federal government office
- A military identification document issued by the United States
- A student identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in the state of Kansas
- A public assistance identification card issued by a municipal, county, state or federal government office
- An identification card issued by an Indian tribe
2. Certain groups have been exempted from the photo ID requirements. Those people include:
- Persons age 65 or older may use expired photo ID documents.
- The photo ID requirements do not apply to military and overseas citizens who vote under the federal Uniformed and Overseas Citizens Absentee Voting Act (UOCAVA).
- The photo ID requirements do not apply in mail ballot elections. Mail ballot elections are limited to local jurisdictions holding special question-submitted elections.
- The photo ID requirements do not apply to voters who qualify, apply and are accepted to the permanent advance voting list, as long as they remain on the permanent advance voting list.
- Any person whose religious beliefs prohibit photographic identification may be exempted from the photo ID requirement. Any such person must complete and sign a Declaration of Religious Objection.
3. Advance voters should also be aware of new voting laws.
- Anyone who votes in person in the county election office or at a satellite site is treated the same as a regular voter at the polling place on election day and must adhere to the photo ID requirements.
- If you’re voting by mail, you can write your driver’s license number on the application form or submit a copy of valid identification with the ballot application.
- If you don’t provide identification information, or if the information you provide is not valid, the county election officer may issue a provisional ballot, but the ballot is not considered valid unless you resubmit your identification sometime before the county canvass. By law, counties may canvass on the Monday following the election or on the following Thursday (the second Thursday following the election). If you file a provisional ballot, you should check with their county election office to determine the canvass date.
4. If you do not have a valid photo ID when you show up at the polls on Election Day, do not leave! You can file a provisional ballot.
Provisional voting allows you to cast a ballot when there is a question about your eligibility. Election officials hold sealed provisional ballots apart and count them after eligibility is confirmed.
Election officials will ask you to complete a new voter registration card. You can then mark your ballot and seal it in the envelope provided. You will receive information about how to find out whether your ballot was eventually counted and, if not, why.
5. Beginning Jan. 1, 2013, voters registering for the first time must prove U.S. citizenship. U.S. birth certificates, certificates of citizenship issued by the U.S. Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and a valid U.S. passport are all acceptable documentation. You do not need a birth certificate for the 2012 elections.
Not satisfied? Here are other resources for further Kansas voting and election information:
- For more information on the S.A.F.E. Act and voting laws in Kansas, visit the “Got Voter ID?” website.
- For further information on voter registration, eligibility and local polling sites, visit the Vote Kansas website.
This information comes from the Kansas Secretary of State’s website.