Kansas ID requirements for voting by mail

COVID-19 Advisory: All voters registered with the Democratic Party should receive ballots automatically by April 10.  If a ballot has not been received by that date, the deadline to request an advance ballot is July 28.

Who is eligible to request an advance ballot and vote by mail?

Any registered Kansas voter can vote by mail. No excuse is required.

Voter Registration

First-time voters who have not voted in a previous federal election, or who have never voted in their county of residence in a federal election, AND who did not provide either a driver’s license number or the last four digits of a Social Security number at the time of registration, must present documentation proving their identity in order to complete their voter registration. First time voters who are voting in person must present this documentation at the polls. First time voters who are voting by mail/absentee ballot must enclose a copy of such documentation with their ballot request or ballot. This is required under the federal Help America Vote Act, enacted in 2002.


Do you need to submit ID with your advance mail ballot request?

Yes, you must submit a copy of a photo ID, such as:

  • Driver’s license or non-driver’s ID issued by any state;
  • Kansas or any state concealed handgun license;
  • US Passport;
  • Government employee ID or badge;
  • U.S. military ID;
  • Student ID from any Kansas accredited educational institution;
  • Government-issued public assistance ID card;
  • ID card issued by an Indian tribe

Do you need to submit ID with your ballot?

No, but the signature on your mail ballot must match your voter registration signature.

Last update: April 11, 2020

Hannah Piercey