Vote by mail

By completing a one-time advanced ballot application (AV1M), or permanent advanced ballot application (AV2), you have the opportunity to research candidates at your own pace, from the comfort of your own home. You never have to worry about long lines, potential weather complications, or scheduling conflicts preventing you from making your voice heard in this crucial election.

Check below for more information about voting by mail, which type of application is best for you, and step-by-step instructions for completing your application.


Voting By Mail- General Information:

  • Applications must be submitted via email, fax, or delivery to the county election clerk.
  • Ballots are mailed beginning 20 days prior to Election Day. However, applications may be submitted up until the Friday before Election Day (November 4, 2016). The following items of interest vary by county- check with your county election clerk to verify your county’s procedure:
    • Pre-paid postage of advanced ballots
    • Delivery of “I Voted” stickers to accompany advanced ballots
  • Sick, disabled, or non-English proficient voters may receive assistance in applying for, and casting, their advanced ballots.
  • If a voter later decides that they would like to vote in person, they must bring their ballot, and unsealed envelope, to their county election office or polling location, in order to avoid voting by provisional ballot.
  • All ballots must be returned to the county election office by the close of polls (7 p.m.) on Election Day.

Advance Ballot by Mail (AV1M) vs. Application for Permanent Advance Voting Status (AV2):

  • By completing either an advanced ballot application or a permanent advanced ballot application, a voter is requesting that their voting ballot be mailed to their home.
  • The “Application for Advanced Ballot by Mail,” otherwise known as the “AV1M” form, is a one-time request for an advanced ballot. Thus, a ballot will only be mailed for the election that is held on the date indicated under section 5 of the application.
  • The “Application for Permanent Advance Voting Status,” or “AV2” form, allows the voter to receive an advanced ballot for all future elections, until the status is cancelled. In order to qualify for a permanent advanced ballot, the voter must have a permanent physical disability or illness, and must indicate the nature of said disability/illness under section 2 of the application.

How to complete an Advanced Ballot Application/Permanent Advanced Ballot Application:

  • Section 1:
    • Provide the voter’s county of residence in the first and third blank spaces.
    • The second space is where the voter should indicate their state of residence
  • Section 2:
    • Advanced Ballot application (AV1M):
      • Provide the voter’s current valid, state-issued driver’s license number, or non-driver’s identification card number, in the space provided.
        • Voters may use a valid, state-issued ID from another state- Kansas ID not required.
        • Voters over the age of 65 may use an expired ID for the purposes of voting.
        • Voter’s without a current DL or ID must provide a photocopy of one of the other 9 forms of photo ID (listed on the application) to accompany their application. Voters may do so by emailing a photograph of the alternative photo ID to their county election clerk.
    • Permanent Advanced Ballot Application (AV2):
      • Provide the nature of the voter’s permanent disability or illness which makes them unable to vote in-person.
  • Section 3:
    • Provide the voter’s personal information.
    • Political Party is only required if the requested ballot is for the Primary Election, or if the voter is requesting a permanent advanced ballot.
  • Section 4:
    • *Completion of this section is only required if the voter uses a different mailing address than their indicated residential (voting) address.
  • Section 5:
    • On the advanced ballot application (AV1M), provide the date of the election for which the voter is requesting a ballot in the blank space above the signature line.
      • 2016 General Election: November 8, 2016
    • The voter must sign and date the application on the spaces provided.
    • We recommend that voters also include their telephone number in the space provided, in case of any complications with their application.

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