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Voting in the Upcoming Election

As many students will be first-time voters this year's election in November, the CCSR is committed to helping you navigate the election process so that you can exercise your constitutional right to vote. There are a number of great websites that are full of great information that we will reference in the FAQs below.

Additionally, there will be a number of informative campus programs and events that will help you think critically about the choices you will make. We will update the calendar as we receive events, so check back often. If your organization is hosting a non-partisan event and would like to have it added to our list, contact our center at


Register in Your Home State

Go to to register in your home state. Don't delay! Each state has its own deadline, so register before you miss the deadline.

The Kansas registration deadline for the 2016 election has passed.


Navigate the Election

Am I eligible to vote?

Requirements to vote in the upcoming election:

  1. You must be a U.S. Citizen.
  2. You must be 18 years old by November 8, 2016
  3. You must register to vote. To view your state’s registration deadline, go to Select your state under Find Your Candidates.

If you want to vote in Kansas, go to to view additional Kansas voting eligibility qualifications.

Where can I register?

Students may register to vote at either their school or home address, but not both.

To register in your home state, go online to Rock the Vote. Registration deadlines vary by state, so be sure to check by going to and click on Find Your Candidates. You will also find links to information about absentee ballots and other pertinent information that is specific to your state.

To register in Kansas, you may use the online registration form at Rock the Vote or you may register in person at a registration site. Get step by step instructions on how to register in Kansas at Your county election officer will notify you that your voter registration was completed successfully or that further action is needed.

Know that some states, such as Kansas, currently require proof of citizenship. To view acceptable proof of citizenship documents, go to

Once you have been notified that your registration has been completed, you can view your polling site by going to

Does it matter where I vote?

The general election in November is not only for the presidency, but some of your state elected officials may be up for re-election. Your address will effect who is listed on your ballot. For instance, if you are from Michigan, but register to vote in Kansas, you will only be able to vote for candidates that represent Kansas.

What if I move after I register?

You will need to re-register if you have moved, changed your name or need to change your political party.

What if I'm not able to vote in person?

An absentee ballot is used when you are not able to vote in person at your polling site. Because the election is on a Tuesday, it is likely that you will be on campus and will need to vote by absentee ballot if you are voting in another state.

Whether you are out of state or out of the country, you can use an absentee ballot. You can find more information specific to your state at

Don’t forget to check your state’s absentee ballot deadlines.  

Can I vote early?

Not every state allows for early voting. You can check your state’s early voting calendar.

Kansas does have an advance voting period that begins October 19 and ends at noon on November 7. Advance voting can be done in person or by mail. If you wish to vote by mail, you can complete an Advance Voting Application found on the Douglas County Election Office website.

The deadline to apply for an advance ballot to be mailed is November 4.

In-person advance voting dates and location can also be found on the Douglas County Election Office website.

Where do I go to vote on election day?

You will have an assigned voting location based on the address you submitted when you registered. If you are registered in Kansas, go to the Kansas polling place search. You can also use this site to confirm your voter registration.

On November 8, election day polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Since election day is on a Tuesday, if you are registered in different state, you will need to use an absentee ballot.

What do I bring with me to vote?

You will need a photo ID, such as a driver’s license or your KU student ID. Go to to view other acceptable forms of identification.

What about accessibility?
By law, the election process must be accessible to all voters. At, you will find information on three types of accessibility: language, polling place and ballot. Go to to view the guide to voting accessibility.
What if I’m not allowed to vote at my polling location?

You may vote by provisional ballot if there is any question about your eligibility. There are a number of reasons why you might be denied, such as not re-registering after a change of address. Ask the poll workers for a provisional ballot.

More information on provisional ballots, go to, click on Voting Guides in the main menu, then Provisional Ballots.




Election Events Calendar

Date/time Event Location Host Contact

Oct 19
7p-10 pm

Debate Watch/Fact Check Watson Library 3 West KU Libraries

Sofia Leung

Oct 19 -
Nov 7

Nov 4 deadline to mail in ballot

Kansas Advance Voting

If you are voting in another state, check Rock the Vote to see if your state allows advance voting and the respective deadlines.

Locations or by mail


Oct 31
10:00 am- 7:00 pm

On-Campus Advance Voting Option Multicultural Resource Center Office of Multicultural Affairs

Office of Multicultural Affairs

Nov 3
6:00 pm- 7:30 pm

Does Voting Matter?
Our interdisciplinary faculty panel will discuss whether or not voting matters and the ethical implications of voting or not voting within the context of the 2016 election season. Free and open to the public!


Brosseau Commons, Nunemaker Center University Honors Program

Leslie Owens

Nov 8
7:00 am-
7:00 pm

ELECTION DAY! Kansas Polling Locations Lawrence, Kansas

County Clerk


October 18          November 8

New Voter Video

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