National elections bring out the voters, and with them can come long wait lines at the polls. A way to avoid the lines, or to vote when your Election Day calendar is already full, is to vote in advance.
There are two ways to advance vote in Kansas – by the mail or in person.
You can sign up to have your ballot mailed to you either online, in person at your county election office or by telephone. The request must be made to your local County Election office. If you don’t know how to reach your local election office, you can find the contact information online at: www.kssos.org/elections/elections_registration_ceo.asp.
You can put in your request for a mail application at anytime through the Friday before the election. However, the ballots will not be mailed before Oct. 19. The online form is fairly easy to complete, but it requires you to submit your driver’s license or state issued ID number.
Mailed ballots must be turned into your County no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. Although you can request an advance ballot through Fri., Nov. 4, waiting until the last day or two, probably isn’t the smartest idea. First, the ballot may not reach you in time and second, you may not have time
Another way to advance vote is to cast your ballot in person, either at your county election office or other designated early polling locations in your community. By law, advanced voting is allowed as early as 20 days before the election, but each election office can designate when they begin advance voting. For example, in Wichita, advance voting begins 13 days before the election.
Additional voter locations are typically open even fewer days. You can get the address and days and hours of other advance voting locations from your local election office.
Both major political parties encourage advance voting as a way to ensure to increase their voter turnout. In addition, advance voting, particularly by mail, gives the voter time to study their ballot and even research the candidates before casting their vote.