Polling Place Procedures

TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNT) – Before you head to the polls on November 8, there are a few things you’ll want to keep in mind.

The Kansas Secretary of State’s office makes public a list of voter rights and responsibilities.

As a registered voter in the state of Kansas, you have the right to;

  • Ask questions
  • Request a ballot if you are  a United States citizen – 18 years or older,  a Kansas resident and registered to vote
  • Vote a provisional ballot if your name is not on the voter registration list or if there is another question about your qualifications to vote
  • Vote in an accessible voting place, and request assistance if needed
  • Review a sample ballot before voting • Mark your ballot privately and free from coercion or intimidation
  • Receive instructions on how to contact the appropriate officials if these rights are violated
  • Receive a ballot if you are in line at the time the polls close
  • Obtain up to two replacement ballots if yours is mismarked or spoiled
  • Occupy the voting booth up to five minutes if others are waiting
  • Have your ballot count if it is cast legally and timely

The Secretary of State’s office also outlines a series of responsibilities for each Kansas voter.

  • Register to vote at least 21 days before the election
  • Provide photo ID before receiving your ballot
  • Respect the privacy and voting rights of others
  • Read and follow instructions
  • Follow all federal and state voting laws
  • Follow voting procedures established by the county election officer and precinct election board workers
  • Report illegal activities such as electioneering, denial of voting rights, bribery, fraud, misrepresentation or other alleged election crimes to the precinct election board, the county election officer or the Secretary of State
  • Review your ballot before casting it to ensure it is complete and correct
  • Treat election workers and other voters with courtesy and respect
  • Be informed about the candidates and issues on the ballot
  • Keep your voter registration and address records current in the county election office

All rights and responsibilities are to be posted at all polling places on election day.

Secretary of State, Kris Kobach also warns voters that selfies could get you in trouble at the polls.

Any photo of you with your physical ballot is considered illegal in the state.

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