Everything You Need to Vote, at ksballot.org

Thanks to a change by the Kansas Legislature, Kansans now vote every November. In even years, along with the presidential election (every four years) Kansans vote for their state elected officials, such as statewide offices ,(governor, secretary of state, treasurer, etc.) those we send to Topeka to serve in the Legislature, county commissioners and judges.

In November, on odd years, we vote for local officials (school board members, city council members, junior college board of trustees and utility board members).

However, this year with presidential elections and even Senate and Congressional races starting earlier and earlier, it’s hard for local races to get much attention.

So if you find yourself not feeling as well informed as you’d like about who’s on the ballot or their position on issues, you should check out ksballot.org.

WHO’S ON YOUR BALLOT There, you can find out who is on “your” ballot. Just enter your address, and it will pull up the candidates and issues on your ballot. This year, every Kansan has the amendment to fix how the state adjusts National Census results. (see story this page) Otherwise, you should see only the candidates that will be on the ballot you receive at the poll. 

RESEARCH CANDIDATES Each candidate listed on ksballot.org has links to their webpages, Facebook pages, and other places where you can research their positions on issues important to you. When available, candidate statements are provided right on ksballot.org, but we encourage every voter to research candidates as thoroughly as possible.

CREATE VOTER’S GUIDE You can even save your choices in your own voter guide! You can print your guide, or email it to yourself to take it to the polls.

Find your polling place and make a plan to vote. If you want to vote early, the tool will show you what dates are available for early voting, and show you the closest location based on your address.

Pick a time, it knows what times the polls are open, both for advance voting and on Election Day. Or, if you want to vote by mail, there's also a link to order an advance ballot in the mail instead.

Overview:

How many times have you shown up to vote and seen issues or races on the ballot you weren’t expecting and knew nothing about?  

How many times have you shown up to vote and seen issues or races on the ballot you weren’t expecting and knew nothing about?  

You’re not alone. There are a lot of issues that get very little attention and they can often have major implications that we don’t understand.   

This election season, we’re starting early and dedicating space to those often unknown issues and races on your ballot, explaining what they mean and why they matter.  

This time we’re taking on state ballot issues. 

In November, residents of Missouri and Kansas will have state constitutional amendments on their ballots.  

Kansas residents will vote on providing the Legislature veto power over the governor and on a law that makes it harder to get rid of bad sheriffs.  

Missouri residents will decide whether or not to legalize recreational marijuana. This issue is getting divisive, with even those supporting legalized recreational marijuana taking exception with the proposed ballot question. In addition, all voters in the state will vote on how much Kansas City allocates to fund the city’s policing efforts.  

In case you missed it, in our last issue we explained local ballot issues that voters in Wichita and Kansas City will vote on.  

Next issue, we’ll break down some of the elected offices you may see on your ballot, so you can better understand how these officials wield the power over issues that affect your life, liberties and rights