Kansas Elections and Voting

Even though our conference and meeting rooms are currently unavailable for reservations by the public, several Johnson County Library branches are still polling places in the 2020 Kansas Primary Election due to their central locations within the County. 

Whether you are a seasoned voter, or registering for the first time, recent changes and social distancing guidelines may have you looking for more information. Here are some important things to know before you vote. 

Who can register? 
You must be a resident of the state in which you are registering, and you must be a U. S. Citizen.  If you are 17, but will turn 18 before the election date, you can register! The Primary Election will take place on August 4, 2020 and the General Election will take place on Nov 3, 2020.  

How do I know if I am already registered to vote?  
Check your status and polling location from VoterView  provided by the Kansas Secretary of State.  If you have changed your name,  moved, or want to change party affiliation, you will need to re-register before the next deadline. 

Where do I register?  
You can register in person or online.  

You can register online from the Vote 411 website. To register online, you must have a valid Kansas Driver’s License or non-driver’s identification card.  

For a paper form, visit the Kansas Secretary of State website to print one. You can also pick one up at your nearest Johnson County Library. In Johnson County, you can mail, fax, email or text your completed forms!  

  • Mail to 2101 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061 

  • Fax to 913-791-8934 or 913-791-8935 

  • Scanned forms can be  e-mailed to registration@jocoelection.org.  

  • A photo of the document may be texted to (913) 953-9539. 

 

How do I vote in advance or by mail in ballot? 
You can apply to vote by mail from your County Election Office, or through KSVotes. Each election requires an application. In other words, if you would like to vote in the upcoming Primary and the General Election, you would need to fill out two applications. Voters with permanent disabilities are eligible to apply for Permanent Advance Voting Status, and return to your County Election Office. Advance voting in person can be done at several locations. In Johnson County, check the list of advance voting locations for locations, dates and times. Wyandotte County residents may check here.   

 

What do I bring with me? 
You will need to bring a photo ID. Acceptable forms include:  

• A driver’s license or identification card issued by Kansas, another state, or an Indian tribe

• A concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by Kansas or by another state

• A United States passport

• An employee badge or ID document issued by a city, county, state, or federal government office

• A military identification document issued by the United States

• A student identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in Kansas

• A public assistance identification card issued by a city, county, state or federal government office

 Wyandotte County residents with questions or needing assistance with registration or voting may call the Wyandotte County Election Office at (913) 573-8500 or visit their website.

Where do I find more information about candidates? 
You can view a sample ballot from the Johnson County Election OfficeBallotpedia, and Vote 411.   

For information about candidates or issues, the eNewspapers section of our eLibrary is a great resource. Both Kansas City Star and Shawnee Mission Post include coverage of local candidates and issues on upcoming ballots. You will need your Johnson County Library card or ecard to access either title.  

Ballotpedia provides biographical, current and past work of elected officials, campaign themes and more.  

Factcheck.org is a nonpartisan, nonprofit site covering many topics of current interest related to campaign topics as well as 2020 Presidential candidates. 

Politifact, a non-profit news organization, offers fact checking on current topics, candidate statements and claims, media personalities and campaigns. Users may also submit claims to have them fact checked. 

Here are some important dates in the upcoming elections in Johnson County:

July 14: Last day to register to vote for the Primary Election

July 15: Advance voting by mail for the Primary Election begins

July 20: Advanced voting in person for the Primary Election begins

July 28: Last day to apply for an advance ballot (vote by mail) for the Primary Election  

Aug 3: Last day to advance vote in person for the Primary Election. 

Aug 4: Primary Election day - all mailed ballots must be postmarked by today and received no later than 3 days following the election day (Aug 7). Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by the close of polls. 

Oct 13: Last day to register for the General Election

Oct 14: Advanced Voting by Mail begins for the General Election 

Oct 19: Advanced Voting in Person begins for the General Election 

Oct 27: Last day to apply for an advance ballot (vote by mail) for the General Election 

Nov 2: Last day to advance vote in person for the General Election. 

Nov 3: General Election day: all mailed ballots must be postmarked by today and received no later than 3 days following the election day (Nov 6). Advance ballots may be hand-delivered to the county election office or to any polling place within the county by close of polls.