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K-State Today Student Edition

September 14, 2015

Important voter registration information

Submitted by Melissa Olson

The United States government requires that universities provide voter registration information to all U.S. citizens who are enrolled students. Voter registration is optional, and you are not required to register or to vote.

However, you are encouraged to consider becoming a registered voter so that your voice may be heard by casting your ballot for various local, state and federal elections and referenda. To register to vote in Kansas you must:

  • Be a citizen of the United States, a resident of Kansas and 18 by the next election.
  • Have received final discharge from imprisonment, parole or conditional release if convicted of a felony.
  • Not claim the right to vote in any other location or under any other name.
  • Not be excluded from voting for mental incompetence by a court of competent jurisdiction.
  • Be register to vote at least 21 days prior to the election in which you wish to vote.

If you wish to learn more about your rights and responsibilities as a Kansas voter, go to the Kansas Secretary of State website or if you to wish vote in Kansas, read the Kansas Voter Registration Application and Instructions.

If you wish to register to vote in any other state or the District of Columbia, read the voter registration instructions specific to each state or download the National Mail Voter Registration Form PDF file, which may be easily completed and mailed to the applicable state office whose address is provided. Please note that each state has registration deadlines that must be met in order to be eligible to vote. Most states require voters be registered — completed voter registration form received by the appropriate state office — by no later than 15 days prior to the election in which the voter wishes to participate.

The "Kansas Voter Registration Application" also is available at the library on the Salina campus and at the Office of Student Activities and Services at the K-State Student Union on the Manhattan campus. I

f you have questions or concerns regarding the voter registration process, please contact the Kansas Secretary of State's Office by calling 1-800-262-8683. You also may call the Office of Student Life at 785-532-6432 in Manhattan or at 785-826-2610 in Salina. Olathe students may contact Dana Reinert, project coordinator for graduate programs and academic services, at 913-307-7340.