The Election Office strives to make voting easy for voters. Here is how to become a voter and keep your registration current so voting in future elections stays simple.
Step 1: Register to Vote.
To vote, you must register with the Election Office, be a United States citizen, and be at least 18 years old by the next general election.
You can register to vote for the first time or change your current registration information online. If you do not have either of these documents, you may register to vote using a Kansas Voter Registration Application and submit it to the Election Office. Applications are available at the Election Office and many Registration Outposts. Registration is open except for the 21 days before Election Day in the district where an election is held. You must re-register each time you change your name, address, or party affiliation for voting.
When you register, you can affiliate with a party or be unaffiliated. During partisan primary elections, unaffiliated voters may affiliate when voting.
Step 2: Vote in the next election!
You have three convenient Voting Options to choose from in Sedgwick County.
Step 3: Keep your registration information current.
Keep voting simple for you by keeping your registration information current. Re-register if you move, change your name, or want to change your party affiliation.
You have three convenient voting options to choose from in Sedgwick County:
Vote Early by Mail
To vote by mail, complete an Advance Voting Application and mail or fax it to the Election Office. We start mailing ballots 20 days before Election Day. The voted ballot must be returned to the Election Office by 7 p.m. on Election Day.
Military and overseas voters can vote in federal elections by submitting to the Election Office a completed Federal Post Card Application. This allows a ballot to be mailed 45 days before the election so it can be returned by Election Day.
Vote Early in Person
Go to the Advance Vote Center most convenient for you. They will check you in by computer. You can vote on a voting machine or by paper ballot.
The Election Office begins in-person advance voting 13 days before the election and continues until 12 Noon the Monday before Election Day. Additional available sites are open Thursday – Saturday the week before Election Day for local elections, or Tuesday – Saturday for large county-wide elections.
Authorized poll agents are permitted to be present as observers at original, intermediate and final canvasses of elections and at polling places./p>
To become a poll agent, file a completed Authorized Poll Agent Form with the Election Office prior to observing at canvasses or polling places. You will be provided with an “OBSERVER” badge that you must wear while observing.
Who is eligible for advance voting?
Any registered voter who wishes to vote in advance of election day is eligible and may apply for an advanced voting ballot. Advance voting begins 20 days before an election and ballots will be issued up until noon the day before elections; however, advance ballots may be turned in until polls close on Election Day at 7 pm.
What do I need in order to vote in advance?
A signed application is required before an advance ballot can be issued.
Applications for elections can be mailed to the Sedgwick County Election Office, 510 N. Main, Suite 101, Wichita, KS 67203 beginning with these dates:
|City and School District Elections:||January 1 of year election is held|
|August Primary Election:||April 1 of year election is held|
|November General Election:||90 days before election|
|Question Submitted Election held with a Primary or General Election||Same as Primary or General Election|
|Special Question Election||Date of first election publication|
Where can I get an advance voting application?
Download an advance voting applications or call the Sedgwick County Election Office at 660-7100 to request one. Applications are also available at the Sedgwick County Dillon Stores. Voters can go to the Sedgwick County Election Office or to the satellite voting locations to apply for and vote in advance 13 days before the scheduled election date.
Where do I send my advance voting application?
Signed applications should be mailed to the Election Office at 510 N. Main Street, Suite 101, Wichita, KS 67203.
Where can I get my advance ballot?
Beginning 20 days before the election, an advance ballot will be mailed to one of three locations, specified by the voter:
Voter’s residential address or mailing address
Voter’s temporary residential address
Medical care facility, psychiatric hospital, hospice or adult care home where the voter resides
A voter can also apply and can vote in advance 13 days before the scheduled election in designated locations.
NOTE: The ballot must be voted in secrecy and returned to the Sedgwick County Election Office by the time the polls close on election day.
Is there a number I can call with questions?
For 24-hour voter information call 660-7120.
*Note: For additional information regarding Advance Voting for individuals who live abroad, visit http://www.fvap.gov
In the following situations, a person offering to vote will complete a voter registration application, and then be given a provisional (paper) ballot instead of voting on a machine:
A person voting a provisional ballot will also be handed an envelope to fill out and then seal the ballot inside. The sealed envelope will be held by election officials pending a determination, as provided by law, of the voter’s qualifications to vote.
Change of Name or Address
If a registered voter changes his or her name or moves, the voter must re-register. The two options available are:
To find your assigned Polling Place check your voter card, call us at (316) 660-7100, or use this VoterView link.
Polling Places are open for voting on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Both machine voting and paper ballot voting options are available.
A voter may request assistance if unable to vote unassisted by reason of:
Lack of proficiency in reading the English language
Sixty-five or more years of age
*Note: For additional information visit the Federal Voting Assistance Program w website.
510 N. Main, #101
Wichita, KS 67203
Toll Free. 877.530.7194
Monday-Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.