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Voting in the Upcoming Midterm Election

As many students will be first-time voters this year's election in November, the CSL is committed to helping you navigate the election process so that you can exercise your constitutional right to vote. There are a number of great websites that are full of great information that we will reference in the FAQs below.

Additionally, there may be a number of informative campus programs and events that will help you think critically about the choices you will make. We will update the calendar as we receive events, so check back often. If your organization is hosting a non-partisan event and would like to have it added to our list, contact our center at csl@ku.edu.

Deadline for Kansas voter registration is October 16

Registration deadlines vary by state. To view your state’s registration deadline, go to https://www.vote.org/voter-registration-deadlines/.


Navigate the Election

Am I eligible to vote?

Requirements to vote in the upcoming election:

  1. You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  2. You must be 18 years old by November 6, 2018. In Kansas, you may pre-register when you are 17.
  3. You must register to vote. To view your state’s registration deadline, go to https://www.rockthevote.org/online/.

If you want to vote in Kansas, go to http://www.voteks.org/before-you-vote/am-i-eligible.html to view additional Kansas voting eligibility qualifications.

Do I register at my school address or permanent address?

Students may register to vote at either their school or permanent address, but not both.

To register in your home state, go online to Rock the Vote. Registration deadlines vary by state, so be sure to check by going to https://www.rockthevote.org/online/. You will also find links to information about absentee ballots and other pertinent information that is specific to your state.

To register in Kansas, you may use the online registration form at Rock the Vote or you may register in person at a registration site. Get step by step instructions on how to register in Kansas at https://www.kdor.ks.gov/Apps/VoterReg/Default.aspx. Your county election officer will notify you that your voter registration was completed successfully or that further action is needed.

Once you have been notified that your registration has been completed, you can view your polling site by going to https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/VoterView/Home.do


Does it matter where I vote?

Your address will effect who is listed on your ballot. For instance, if you are from Michigan, but register to vote in Kansas, you will only be able to vote for candidates that represent Kansas.

What if I move after I register?

You will need to re-register if you have moved, changed your name or need to change your political party.

What if I'm not able to vote in person?

An absentee ballot is used when you are not able to vote in person at your polling site. Because the election is on a Tuesday, it is likely that you will be on campus and will need to vote by absentee ballot if you are voting in another state.

Whether you are out of state or out of the country, you can use an absentee ballot. You can find more information specific to your state at vote411.org.

Don’t forget to check your state’s absentee ballot deadlines.  

Can I vote early?

Not every state allows for early voting. You can check your state’s early voting calendar.  https://www.vote.org/early-voting-calendar/

Kansas does have an advance voting period that begins October 16 and ends at noon on November 5. Advance voting can be done in person or by mail. If you wish to vote by mail, you can complete an Advance Voting Application found on the Douglas County Election Office website.

The deadline to apply for an advance ballot to be mailed is October 30.

In-person advance voting dates and location can also be found on the Douglas County Election Office website.

Where do I go to vote on election day?

You will have an assigned voting location based on the address you submitted when you registered. If you are registered in Kansas, go to the Kansas polling place search. You can also use this site to confirm your voter registration.

On November 6, Douglas County general election day polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Since election day is on a Tuesday, if you are registered in different state, you will need to use an advance ballot. 

What do I bring with me to vote?

You will need a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or your KU student ID. Go to http://www.gotvoterid.com/valid-photo-ids.html to view other acceptable forms of identification.

What about accessibility?
By law, the election process must be accessible to all voters. At voteks.org, you will find information on three types of accessibility: language, polling place and ballot. Go to
 http://www.voteks.org/before-you-vote/accessibility.htmlto view the guide to voting accessibility.
What if I’m not allowed to vote at my polling location?

You may vote by provisional ballot if there is any question about your eligibility. There are a number of reasons why you might be denied, such as not re-registering after a change of address. Ask the poll workers for a provisional ballot.

More information on provisional ballots, go to www.voteks.org, click on Voting Guides in the main menu, then Provisional Ballots.


More information can be found at:

KANSAS: https://www.douglascountyks.org/depts/voting-and-elections
OTHER STATES: http://rockthevote.com/



Important Dates & Deadlines


voter registration

October 16 deadline


Varies by state

Check Rock the Vote to determine your state's deadline.

advance voting

October 17 – November 5 at noon

Locations or by mail

Not all states have advance voting. Check Rock the Vote to determine your state's deadlines, locations, and procedures.

absentee ballot

If you are not able to vote in-person, you may use the advance ballot.



If you are not able to vote in-person, you may request an absentee ballot. 

Link to application deadlines by state. 



Tuesday, November 6

Kansas Polling Locations


Tuesday, November 6

Unless you are there in-person, you must have sent your absentee ballot by your state's deadline.


Important Dates

October 16          November 6

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