How to Vote

YOUR 2021 KANSAS ELECTION GUIDE

2021 is a city/school election year in Kansas, so we will be electing mayors, city council members, and school board members across the state this November. This won’t be like last year, when you were hearing about the election every day on the news and in your Instagram feed. These candidates don’t have money to spend on big campaigns with TV ads, so they can be tricky to keep up with. But, the outcomes of city/school elections are super important! These folks make decisions about the parks and pools in your neighborhood, they recruit businesses to town, and they manage pandemic protocols. Did we mention they also decide if we have snow days?!

We want you and all of your friends to vote. And, we want it to be easy. So keep reading to get all the details and then help a few friends do the same. 

WHAT ARE CITY/SCHOOL ELECTIONS ANYWAY? Click here to learn more about why local elections are important, and how they are different from next year's elections.


IMPORTANT ELECTION DATES AND DEADLINES

This year only 12 Kansas counties have primary elections, but for these counties they are coming up soon! If you live in one of these twelve counties, its time to get to work!

Chatauqua Johnson Pottawatomie Sedgwick
Douglas Leavenworth Rice Shawnee
Jackson Nemaha Riley Wyandotte

PRIMARY ELECTION DEADLINES (If you live in one of the twelve counties above, this applies to you!) 

July 13

Last day to register to vote for the Primary Election

July 14

Early voting begins. 

August 03

Primary Election Day!

GENERAL ELECTION DEADLINES

October 12 

Last day to register to vote for the General Election

October 13

Early voting begins. 

November 2 

Election Day!

*This page was updated on June 15, 2021 and will be updated with more information as its available. 


YOUR 2021 ELECTION CHECKLIST

MAKE SURE YOU’RE REGISTERED TO VOTE

Go to KSVotes.org and make sure you’re registered to vote. You'll need to update your registration if you've moved or changed your name. Even if you think you’re registered, it’s good to check before an election. It’s an online form. No need to print anything.

VOTE BY MAIL (We love this one!)

In 2020, when the world was extra weird, many counties mailed applications to voters for mail-in-ballots. That's not going to happen this year! You will need to fill out a quick form to order a mail-in-ballot for both the August primary and the November general. You can do them both at the same time.

We highly recommend voting by mail! It's hard to get up to speed on local elections and having your ballot mailed to you gives you time to do your homework. 

And it's easy. You can get on the list to receive a mail-in-ballot by filling out a simple form at KSVotes.org, and submitting it online. The hardest part is signing your name with your mouse! 

Once your application is turned in your County Clerk or Election Office Office will mail your ballot to your home. For the primary it should arrive in mid-July and for the general election it will arrive in mid-October. Then you just need to fill it out and mail it back in! 

KNOW WHO IS RUNNING!

Local candidates don’t have a lot of resources to spend on marketing. But we built a tool that will help you with your research! KSBallot.org will go live for the primary in mid-July. For the general it will be ready in mid-September, and you can use this site to see who is on your ballot, learn more about what they stand for, find your polling location, make a voting plan, and get reminders to vote.  

VOTE!

If you aren’t voting by mail there are lots of options for voting early in person, including weekend hours in many counties. We will have a list of early voting locations and election day polling sites available at KSBallot.org a few weeks before each election!

DO MORE THAN VOTE!

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