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It is important to be informed about the candidates and issues. There are many sources of information that are easy to access including:
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The qualifications to vote are that an individual must:
If you are 17 years old but will be 18 before the next election you may register to vote. This does not allow you to vote in the primary or at any other election before turning eighteen.
Registration forms can be obtained:
Registration is available at hundreds of places statewide. These sites may include:
The Kansas Voter Registration Application Form (PDF) is used to register and also to update registration records, such as name changes, address changes or party affiliation changes.
To complete the form: Read and carefully answer all required questions. Once the voter registration form has been completed and signed, you may return it by mail or hand-deliver it to your county election office. Your county election office will mail you a certificate after processing your application.
The deadline to register to vote for any election is 15 days prior to that election. (Example: To vote in the November 6, 2012 general election, you must be registered by October 22, 2012.)
When moving to a different location, it is important to register to vote as soon as possible. This ensures that you are qualified to vote in upcoming elections.
There are two ways to change your voter registration information:
State law requires that all voters show photo identification each time they vote. Acceptable forms of identification include:
Be sure to know your rights and responsibilities when voting. Voter rights and responsibilities are posted at each polling place on Election Day. If you would like more information, go to Vote Kansas.
A primary election is held on the first Tuesday in August of even-numbered years for the nomination of Democratic and Republican candidates. Minor party candidates are nominated at state party conventions, and independent candidates file by petition. The general election is held on the Tuesday following the first Monday in November of even-numbered years.
State law requires that polling places open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m. on Election Day; however, the county may open the polls earlier and close them later. All voters who are in line at 7 p.m. are allowed to vote.
After registering, you will receive a voter registration certificate, which shows the location of your voting place. If, after checking your certificate, you are still unsure where to vote, contact your election officer for further assistance. You can also check your local newspaper, which will publish polling place addresses on or before Election Day.
Go to Kansas VoterView for voter registration, polling place, and absentee ballot information.
As a Kansas voter, you may:
Go to Vote Kansas for more information and instructions for the different types of ballots.
Be sure to have proper identification with you when going to vote. This will ensure that you are able to vote a regular ballot. Each polling place will have specific instructions for the method of voting.
Federal law requires that each state have a complaint procedure in place for voters who would like to express complaints about alleged election crimes or other voting problems. If you feel your rights were violated, refer to the complaint process at Vote Kansas or call your county election office.
For more information of the voting process please refer to Vote Kansas or contact your local county election office:
Pawnee County Kansas
Stacey Rein, Election Officer
Larned, KS 67550
The Secretary of States Office may be contacted at 785-296-4561 or toll free at 800-262-8683 (VOTE).