Checking your Voter Registration Status
- Jan. 22, 2012
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The deadline to register to vote for the 2012 elections has passed, but here’s everything you need to know about verifying your registration status.
Do I have to register?
Yes, if you want to vote. No registration, no vote.
Does it matter if I registered at my parents’ address or at my school address?
Either address is valid in Kansas, but you need to double check where you registered, because it will affect where you are able to cast your vote.
I can’t remember if I registered or not. How can I find out?
Go to https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/ and enter your name and date of birth. If you are registered, your registration information—address, party affiliation and so forth—will appear, along with a list of the various districts you live in.
I can’t find my voter registration card. Do I need it?
When your registration is completed, your election office will send a certificate of registration that includes such information as your precinct and polling place. It’s handy to have for reference, but you don’t have to have it to vote. On the other hand, if you never got one, you might want to confirm your registration as described above.
Can I keep my party affiliation private?
No. Your voter registration information is public.
I registered for a previous election but I didn’t do it this year. Do I need to register every time there’s an election?
No. You only need to register again if you move or change your name or want to change your party affiliation. If, however, you register and then do not vote for several election cycles, it’s a good idea to check to make sure your name is still on the list of registered voters.
I moved since I registered last time. Did I need to register again?
Yes. You need to register your new address, which probably also will change your voting location.
Darn! I moved but I didn’t change my registration. Can I still vote?
Possibly. You can vote provisionally. 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.
Also, if you changed your address for your driver’s license, your registration information may have changed and you therefore may be able to vote normally at your new location.
I moved after the registration deadline passed, but I was registered at my former address. Can I still vote?
Yes. Go to your original polling place to vote. Explain your situation. They should give you a ballot and require you to complete a new registration form. If there’s any question, you still will be able to vote provisionally.