Election Information You Can Use!

Upcoming Elections

The next set of elections is in November 2017.  These elections will include races for mayor and/or city council in most cities (including Lenexa), school boards, Johnson County Community College Board of Trustees, and Water District #1 Board.  For a complete list of races and candidates, visit https://www.jocoelection.org/Archives/Candidates/Candidates-11-2017.html.

Important Fall Election Dates to Remember:

October 17 – Last Day to Register
October 18 – Advance Voting By Mail Begins
October 30 – Advance Voting In Person Begins
October 31 – Last Day to Request An Advance Ballot By Mail
November 6 – Advance Voting In Person Closes at Noon

Want to learn more about the candidates?  A nonpartisan online candidate profile guide is coming soon at www.VoteJoCo.comAs a service to chamber members and the public, area chambers of commerce are collaborating to create this resource of self-completed questionnaires submitted by candidates where voters can learn about candidates’ backgrounds and vision for elected office.

For other important election information visit www.jocoelection.org.

General Information

Effective January 1, 2012, you are required to show photo ID every time you vote at the polls.

Valid forms of photo ID are:

  • Current driver’s license issued by Kansas or another state
  • State identification card issued by Kansas or another state
  • Concealed carry of handgun license issued by Kansas or another state
  • U.S. passport
  • Employee badge or identification document issued by a government agency
  • U.S. military identification
  • Student identification card issued by an accredited postsecondary institution of education in Kansas
  • Public assistance identification card issued by a government agency

Exceptions to this requirement:

  • Voters age 65 and over may use expired documents for identification
  • Those in military service overseas
  • Persons with a religious objection (a Declaration of Religious Objection form must be completed)

If no other form of ID is available, you can apply in person for a Kansas identification card for voter identification purposes at any DMV office in Johnson County (a request to waive the ID card fee can be made.)

Please note the name on your identification must match the name on your voter registration.  To check your registration, go to https://voter.jocoelection.org.

Voters applying to vote in advance by mail must submit their full driver’s license number or a copy of their photo ID document(s) with their advance voting application.

Voter Registration

Voter registration closes (21) days prior to each election.  You may register to vote at any time, but if a voter registration application is received after the deadline the voter is registered only for succeeding elections.

You must also re-register each time you change your name, address, or party affiliation.

Effective January 1, 2013, any person registering to vote in Kansas for the first time is required to provide evidence of U.S. citizenship.

If you do not provide a citizenship document when you complete your voter registration application, you may submit it to the county election office by mail, hand delivery, fax or email.

For a list of valid citizenship documents and what to do if you do not possess any of those documents, visit the Johnson County Election Commission website at www.jocoelection.orgtt.

If you would like to register online, the Kansas Department of Revenue hosts an online voter registration site that automatically verifies voter eligibility at https://www.kdor.org/voterregistration.

Prefer or are required to fill out a paper form?  A single form allows you to register or make changes to your registration, which you can download at http://www.jocoelection.org/voters/VoterRegistration.htm.  Voter registration forms may also be found at various registration sites throughout Johnson County, including many city halls and the Election Commission office (visit www.jocoelection.org for a complete listing), or you may request a registration packet by mail by calling the Election Commission at (913) 715-6800.  To register, simply complete the form, sign, and return it to the Election Commission either by mail, fax, or email, or drop it off at a registration site.

Advance Voting

Advance voting by mail begins 20 days prior to any election, and advance voting in person begins shortly after that.  Anyone may vote in advance — you do not need an excuse to vote early! Vote when and where it is most convenient for you.

To vote in advance by mail, complete an Application for an Advance Voting Ballot (forms may be found at www.jocoelection.org) to have a ballot mailed to you.  Voters applying to vote in advance by mail must submit their full driver’s license number or a copy of their photo ID document with their advance voting application.  Completed applications may be returned to the Election Commission by mail, fax, or in person. Please note that a separate application must be submitted for each election unless the voter qualifies for permanently sick/disabled status.

You may also vote in advance in person at the Election Commission office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road in Olathe — please check www.jocoelection.org for other advance voting locations, dates, and hours.

Election Questions?

For more information about advance or Election Day voting, registration or advance voting applications, registration status, party status, or how and where to register, contact the Johnson County Election Commission at (913) 715-6800 or visit the website at www.jocoelection.org.

Candidate Information

As a service to our member businesses and to the community, the Lenexa Chamber of Commerce collaborates with other area chambers to compile an online guide containing self-completed profiles from candidates for most local, state, and national elections, where you can learn about the candidates’ backgrounds and vision for elected office. The guide also includes approved wording for any ballot issues being submitted to voters.

Visit the guide at www.VoteJoCo.com and check back regularly as new profiles are added.

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