There might be confusion surrounding absentee and mail in ballots. They are actually the same thing! Typically, absentee ballots are offered to individuals who cannot physically vote in person. Absentee ballots are available to citizens with disabilities or who may not be in their state to vote. Due to Coronavirus, the absentee ballot is now offered as a mail in ballot to accommodate an individual’s safety. Where an excuse was required to receive an absentee ballot, the mail in ballot does not require a reason and is at the decision of the citizen. Hopefully, this clears up some of the confusion! Feel free to decide how you would like to vote this year but it is illegal to vote more than once. We have more information about mail in ballots below and will provide information regarding your other options closer to the election!
This year’s Presidential election will be on Tuesday, November 3!
Polling Place Voting Hours: 7:00AM – 7:00PM
You can find your polling place and additional information online at VoterView. You can also contact the Wyco Election Office with any questions you have!
Wyandotte County Election Office
850 State Avenue, Kansas City, KS 66101
Election Officer: Bruce Newby
Hours: 8:00-5:00 M-F
Phone: (913) 573-8500
Fax: (913) 573-8580
Government-issued photo identification required to receive any ballot, in person or by mail:
- Driver’s License or ID Card
- 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
Voting by Mail
You must apply to receive a ballot to vote by mail. Click here for a printable Application for Advance Voting Ballot.
- Download and print the Application
- Fill in all required information and sign your application
- Send your completed application by mail, email or FAX to the Election Office
- Advance voting applicants must provide with the application:
- Kansas driver’s license number, or;
- Kansas state identification card number, or;
- A copy of one of the other forms of photo ID specified in section 2 of the application.
The deadline for submitting an application to receive a ballot by mail is 7 days before Election Day – October 27, 2020
- If you want to return your ballot by mail:
- Complete your ballot, sign your ballot envelope, seal your ballot, and apply postage!
- If you want to return your ballot in person:
- Voted ballots must be returned to the Wyco Election Office or your polling location no later than 7:00pm on Election Day.
If you have someone else deliver your ballot for you, you should write their name in the space provided in Statement 2 on your return envelope and have them sign on the line provided before you seal the envelope.
Ballots will be mailed out to you 20 days before each election – October 14, 2020.
Ballots received by mail will be identical to the ballot you will receive at the polling locations.
A federal or state felony conviction results in the loss of voting rights until the terms of the felony sentence is complete. When probation or parole have been completed you are able to vote!