The election is upon us. Here’s what you need to know.

Advance Voting 

Advance voting in person ended Nov 5 at noon

If you are sending in your ballot by mail, the ballot needs to be postmarked by Nov 6, Tomorrow — Election Day — and it needs to reach the election office by the Friday after the election. You’re best off double-checking that the postal staff do postmark it.

If you hadn’t requested a mail ballot, the deadline has passed to do so.

Voting at the polls TUESDAY Nov 6

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at least. Some polling sites open earlier.

You can find the address of your polling place here. If you can’t recall whether you are a registered voter, check here. If you aren’t registered, it’s too late to register for Tuesday’s election.

If you show up at your polling site and for some reason are not on the registration rolls, you have the right to fill out a provisional ballot. But before you cast that provisional ballot, ask the poll workers if you simply went to the wrong polling site. If so, they can point you in the right direction.

The American Civil Liberties Union also has a hotline for anyone who experiences problems at the polls. 1-866-OUR-VOTE.

Don’t forget your photo ID

You need to show an approved form of identification at the polls. Here’s a list of your options.

If you don’t have one, you can get one for free at your local DMV office. Tell the clerks that you need a free ID for voting purposes and they will move you to the front of the line.

What are the races?

Everyone gets to vote in the statewide races for governor, attorney general, secretary of state, insurance commissioner and treasurer. After that, your candidates for Congress and the Kansas Legislature vary.

View the Kansas News Service voter guide for the statewide races and Congress here.

Here’s the candidate list. If you need to know which districts you vote in — for example, which legislative seat — you’ll find those details in your online voter record.

You can also check the League of Women Voters guide for a list of candidates on your local ballot, and candidate surveys (where candidates responded).

– Celia Llopis-Jepsen, Kansas News Service

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