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Voting on Election Day

At My Polling Place

Voting By Paper Ballot

Touch Screen Voting

Provisional Ballot Voting

Prohibited Conduct on Election Day


At My Polling Place

Polling Place Voting Hours: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Election Day 

Election Day voting is all done at polling places. Each polling place has at least one precinct, some may have multiple precincts. Every voter lives within a geographic area defined as a precinct. The precinct where you live determines the offices that will be on your ballot.

Your Certificate of Voter Registration identifies your precinct and the location of your polling place. If you have lost or misplaced it, you can find your polling place information at VoterView (https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org/); or call the Election Office. We will send you a replacement Certificate of Registration upon request.

Voters must go to the polling place designated for their Precinct to be able to vote the correct ballot. If you go to some other polling place, it will not have your correct ballot. Election workers can direct you to the correct polling place.

When you arrive at the correct polling place, you will be directed by a greeter to the Poll Pad Judge. The Poll Pad Judge will check for your name and address in the poll book.

If your name and address are correct in the poll book, you must sign the poll book to vote.

To vote, Kansas law requires all voters to show approved photo identification. Photo identification must include the name and photo of the registered voter.

Any of the following documents may be used as photo identification for voting in Kansas:

  • Driver's License or ID Card issued by any state or district of the United States
  • U.S. Passport
  • Student ID Card issued by an accredited Kansas college or university
  • U.S. military ID
  • Government employee badge or ID
  • Concealed carry license issued by any state or district of the United States
  • Public assistance ID issued by a municipal, county, state or federal government office
  • An identification card issued by an Indian tribe

Persons age 65 or older may use an expired photo ID. Active military and their adult dependents and overseas civilian voters are exempt. Persons with established religious beliefs that prohibit photo ID may be exempt.

Voters with required identification will sign the poll book to receive a ballot or vote on the touch screen.


Voting By Paper Ballot

The principal method of voting in Wyandotte County is the paper ballot. The continuing use of paper ballots helps us to avoid long lines and waiting for voting, it gives us a readily available document to validate vote tabulation, and a visible record of voter intent.

To vote for a candidate, you must blacken (fill in) the oval to the left of the candidate's name on the paper ballot. Use the special black felt-tip pen provided for marking the ballot. Do not use a pencil or any other pen to mark a ballot.

Normally, you will only vote for one candidate for each office on the ballot unless the ballot instructions state you can vote for two or more. For example, if the ballot instructions say Vote for Three, you can vote for one, for two, or for three, or for no one at all. Voting for more than the specified number is an "over vote" and may void your votes for this race. If you make a mistake, ask an election worker for a replacement ballot.

There may be one or more lines provided on the ballot for a write-in candidate. If there is a person, who you believe is a better candidate than those named on the ballot, you can write the name of your write-in candidate on one of the lines provided. To vote for your write-in candidate, you must blacken the oval to the left of the write-in candidate's name. Only one name may be written on each line provided. Writing the same name on more than one line will only count as one vote. If there are no write-in lines provided on the ballot, no write-in votes may be entered.

To vote in favor of an issue posed in a question on the ballot, you must blacken in the oval to the left of the word yes. To vote against an issue, you must blacken in the oval to the left of the word no.

If you make an error on a paper ballot, do not attempt to correct your mistake. You must obtain a replacement ballot. Mistakes will cause your ballot to be rejected. Write the word spoiled across the face of the ballot on which you have made an error using the black voting pen. Take the spoiled ballot to the election worker who gave you the first ballot.

Place your spoiled ballot in the spoiled ballot envelope. The election worker will give you a replacement ballot. You can obtain no more than two replacement ballots. Please ask for assistance if you are having difficulty with marking your ballot.


Touch Screen Voting

If you are voting a ballot on the touch screen, touching the screen in the box to the left of your choice marks the ballot, touching the screen again in the same place erases your first selection allowing you to make another choice. Once you have made your choices for each position or question on the ballot, you will view a summary screen that shows the full ballot. You may need to scroll down if the whole ballot does not fit on the screen. Any mistakes or omissions are highlighted in red. You have the opportunity at this point to go back and make any corrections. Once you are satisfied your ballot is correct, just touch the screen on the box marked CAST BALLOT.

The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) requires every jurisdiction to possess voting equipment to facilitate unassisted, secret voting by persons with disabilities. The touch screen moves us closer to making voting accessible to all voters. However, use of the touch screen is not required for any voter. It is simply an option available to any voter who chooses to use it.

Extensive safeguards are in place to protect the integrity of every vote cast, both for the touch screen and for the paper ballot. An auditable paper trail can be produced from every touch screen machine to validate vote tabulation. While generating a paper trail from the touch screen is not immediate, it is both possible and necessary for recounts or any contest of an election. An auditable paper trail from the touch screen has already been produced for election recounts in August 2006 and April 2007.


Provisional Ballot Voting

 Your Vote Counts

A provisional ballot is a regular ballot that is placed in a provisional ballot envelope. All provisional ballots will be examined by the County Board of Canvassers to determine whether the ballot will be counted. Most provisional ballots are counted.

A voter may be required to vote a provisional ballot for any of the following reasons:

  • name not found in poll book;
  • name or address in poll book is not correct;
  • voter was sent an advance ballot by mail; or
  • failure to show an accepted form of photo identification.

Registered voters are allowed to report a name and/or address change on Election Day. All of these ballots will count. Voters who received an advance ballot, who choose to vote at their assigned polling place on Election Day will have their ballots counted provided they did not also vote the advance ballot. The ballots of voters who provide accepted ID to the Election Office prior to the meeting of the Board of Canvassers will be counted. The ballots of voters who vote in the wrong polling place will count but only for those races for which they were eligible to vote.

The principal reasons a ballot will not count include:

  • ballots cast by persons who are not registered to vote in the jurisdiction (or political party) holding the election,
  • multiple ballots from the same person,
  • an advance ballot cast by a deceased person,
  • ballots from voters who fail to provide required photo identification,
  • ballots where the voter failed to complete and sign the voter affidavit and the new voter registration application on the provisional ballot envelope, and
  • ballots cast by voters who have moved away from this county.

You can help to make sure your provisional ballot will count. Complete and sign the voter affidavit and the voter registration application on the provisional ballot envelope. Sign the provisional ballot poll book. Carefully mark your ballot, seal it in the provisional ballot envelope and return it to the designated election worker.

If your name and address are not in the poll book and you are a registered voter, you may be in the wrong polling place. Please go to your correct polling place.

If you have moved to or within the county or changed your name, you must re-register and vote in the polling place for your new precinct.

If you are at the correct polling place and your name and address are not in the poll book or your name or address is incorrect, you will vote a provisional ballot. Kansas law allows you to report a name and/or address change on Election Day. You must complete a new Voter Registration Application on a provisional ballot envelope or on a form provided to you by an election worker. You must sign the voter affidavit on the provisional ballot envelope. Then sign the provisional ballot poll book to receive a paper ballot. After you mark your ballot, seal the voted ballot in the provisional ballot envelope and return it to the Provisional Ballot Judge.

If an advance ballot was mailed to you, the word ADVANCE will be on the signature line in the poll book. All voters who have been sent an advance ballot must vote a provisional ballot at the polling place regardless of whether or not you actually voted the advance ballot. If you bring the voted or unvoted advance ballot to the polling place, it will be marked VOID and placed in a voided ballot envelope.

If you are a voter without ID on Election Day, you may only vote a provisional ballot. You then must provide a copy of acceptable photo identification to the Election Office before the County Canvass in order for your ballot to be counted. Election workers will provide you with a notice that announces the date and time of the County Canvass. Normally, the Canvass is scheduled for 9 a.m. on the first Monday or second Thursday after the election. The Canvass is open to the public.


Prohibited Conduct on Election Day

Kansas law prohibits:

  • hindering another voter from voting,
  • leaving the polling place with a ballot or voter access card, or
  • approaching or standing within three feet of a voting table or booth unless voting or an authorized election worker.

Kansas law also prohibits the wearing or display of any clothing or signs within 250 feet of the polling place on Election Day which might be an attempt to persuade or influence eligible voters to vote for or against a particular candidate, political party, or question on the ballot.



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