VOTE

Need info on your options for voting in 2020?   Choose your state: 

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Vote. 
Every election. 
No excuses.*

 

  • Voting is the most critical - and basic - civic duty.  (But we'd love to help you do more:  To ensure that there are progressive issues and candidates to vote for, our society relies on people working every day to build communities, ask tough questions, run organizations, and hold elected officials accountable. #DoMoreThanVote) 
     

  • Voting is also the strongest tool we have to hold our representatives accountable - especially when elected officials forget that they represent the entire community and not just their supporters. 

 

 

  • Every vote matters, whether your candidate or issue advances or fails. Progressives may win or lose by a few votes, or by many, but we can make our numbers and unity apparent to our government.
     

  • Register or check your voter registration here.  


*Voter suppression is real and is used widely by the far right to retain their power.  Voter suppression can take many forms.  Proof of citizenship requirements, registration issues, moving of polling locations, and cumbersome ID rules at the polls are used together and widely.  Go to our VOTER SUPPRESSION page to learn more.

 
 

Make a plan to vote!


Make sure you make it to the polls.  Voting advocates have learned that when a voter makes a plan, they are more likely to follow through with voting. So make a plan!

1.  Feel smart!  Know what is on the ballot before you head out to vote.

Each county or election board is required to make a sample ballot available ahead of the election.  This gives you a chance to research candidates and issues in advance.   Thanks to the good folks at Ballot Ready (www.ballotready.org) you can easily locate your ballot based on your address.

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2.  Know when you will vote

Review that day's schedule, then set a time and a reminder on your calendar to vote. (“After I drop of the kids at swimming,” “Before class,” “At 5:00 p.m.,” “Over lunch.”) 

3.  Know where you will vote

Your voter notice or ID card should let you know where to vote.  Otherwise, use the links below.

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4.  Know what to bring

You will need to bring proper ID, listed below.  You may also bring your marked up sample ballot or phone into the voting booth. 

Need a nondriver's license?  Here's how:  Kansas  Missouri

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ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING IS ACCEPTED ID

  • Non-expired Missouri driver’s license

  • Non-expired Missouri nondriver’s license (Need a nondriver's license?  Here's how to apply)

  • US Passport

  • Other photo ID with expiration date issued by the United States or the state of Missouri

  • Military ID

  • Voter registration card

  • Paycheck or government check

  • Utility bill

  • Bank Statement

  • Missouri Student IDincluding a public assistance identification card issued by a city, county, state or federal government office

  • Other government ID or document showing your address, 


If you do not have an acceptable form of ID, you may cast a provisional ballot, which will be counted if you come back to the poll and show a photo ID or if the signature on your ballot matches the signature you have on file in the voter registry.

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ANY ONE OF THE FOLLOWING IS ACCEPTED ID

  • Driver’s license

  • ID card issued by Kansas, another state, or an Indian tribe (Need a nondriver's license? Here's how to apply)

  • Concealed carry of handgun or weapon license issued by Kansas or by another state

  • US Passport

  • Military ID

  • Kansas Student ID

  • Employee badge or ID document issued by a city, county, state, or federal government office

  • Other government ID or document showing your address, including a public assistance identification card issued by a city, county, state or federal government office


IDs do NOT have to have the voters’ current address. They are for photo and name verification only. Your photo ID is used to verify your face and name. If you forget your ID, you can vote a provisional ballot.  But you must then show your photo ID at the election office before the county canvass. 

 
 

5.  Encourage your friends, family and neighbors to vote.

Personal reminders are one of THE most effective ways to get occasional and unlikely voters out to the polls. You can make a call or a text, or you can use one of the tools listed on our TAKE ACTION page. 

Notably, there is an amazing, local tool for Kansas:

Kansas voters: Voter to Voter is an innovative project in peer-to-peer advocacy with a goal of increasing voter turnout. They have begun work to identify ambassadors who will connect with ten of their friends, family, and co-workers, and with the help of the Voter to Voter staff, will engage them in the importance of voting, cajoling, convincing, and helping them through the non-partisan steps of registration, education, and voting.

 

Missouri Absentee Voting in 2020:

Missouri lawmakers have come up with a complex loosening of the rules for voting absentee in light of the coronavirus crisis.  The recently signed measure expands the accepted reasons to vote absentee to include people at high risk of Covid-19 infection to obtain a vote-from-home ballot for the rest of the year. (Note: The rule allows all other Missourians to request a ballot to vote from home, but only if returned ballots include the electronic or physical signature of a notary.) 

Here's the whole confounding text as approved by the people who represent us:

In Missouri, you must attest to one of these reasons to vote absentee;

  1. Absence on Election Day from the jurisdiction of the election authority in which such voter is registered to vote;

  2. Incapacity or confinement due to illness or physical disability, including a person who is primarily responsible for the physical care of a person who is incapacitated or confined due to illness or disability;

  3. Religious belief or practice;

  4. Employment as an election authority, as a member of an election authority, or by an election authority at a location other than such voter's polling place;

  5. Incarceration, provided all qualifications for voting are retained.

  6. Certified participation in the address confidentiality program established under sections 589.660 to 589.681 because of safety concerns.

  7. For an election that occurs during the year 2020, the voter has contracted or is in an at-risk category for contracting or transmitting severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (COVID-19).

 

In 2020 you can also vote by mail with "No Excuse."  Casting your ballot under this rule will require you to have your ballot envelope notarized.  See more here.

April 10, 2020

PROTECT OUR RIGHT TO VOTE

“’Mail-in voting is horrible. It’s corrupt,’ declared President Trump earlier this week. When a reporter asked how he could reconcile that position with the fact that he had personally voted by mail in the last election, Trump replied, ‘Because I’m allowed to.’ This perfectly circular logic — if more voters were permitted to vote by mail, they would also be ‘allowed to’ — seemed not to satisfy him. Trump has refined his view, explaining that casting a ballot by mail is fine for members of the military and senior citizens, but is ‘ripe for fraud’ when used by others.” – New Yorker Magazine

Kansans have early voting and vote-by-mail in place, but Missouri is far behind and SoS Jay Ashcroft is showing no signs of using his power to make voting easier. Contact your members of congress and let them know that you want to protect our nation, and allow vote-by-mail. Not just this year, but for every election. Then call 573-751-3222 to let Ashcroft and Parson know you want no-excuse absentee voting in Missouri in place by the next local elections, June 2 (more here from MO ACLU).

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KANSAS VOTERS: Because Kobach so badly damaged the voter registration system in Kansas, please use KSVotes.org to register.  It is the only reliable place for voter registration/info, and an important IKC Ally.

MISSOURI
DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO
VOTE ON NOV. 3, 2020
OCTOBER 7, 2020
KANSAS
DEADLINE TO REGISTER TO
VOTE ON NOV. 3, 2020
OCTOBER 13, 2020
Interested in registering new voters? 

Both states allow registered voters to distribute voter registration forms.  New voters will need to present appropriate ID when they vote the first time. 
 

  • Missouri: Pick up Missouri Voter Postcard Applications at the Kansas City Election Board Office in Union Station, Suite 2800. Or, you can request them from the Missouri Secretary of State’s office, 600 West Main Street, Jefferson City, Missouri, 65101, (573) 751-4936 or at info@sos.mo.gov

  • Kansas: Print the voter registration form, and photocopy the form as needed. You may type all the information requested except the signature, print the form, sign it and mail, deliver or fax it to the secretary of state’s office or the county election office. You may obtain up to 25 copies of the form free of charge by contacting the secretary of state’s office or your county election office.

 

KNOW YOUR RIGHTS

 

Last updated on May 20, 2019 - Thanks to our friends at vote.org 


Here are the basics:
 

  1. Keep your place in line. The lines may be long, but as long as you are in line when the polls close, you will be allowed to cast your ballot. If you leave the line, you may not be able to vote.
     
  2. Do everything you can to vote a regular ballot. Cast a provisional ballot only if you have no other option. In many states if you cast a provisional ballot at the wrong polling location it will not be counted.

 

If you experience any of the following, report it to Election Protection
(866-687-8683) immediately:
 

  • Intimidation

  • Harassment (including harassing questions about your qualifications to vote)

  • False information about voting requirements

  • People impersonating poll workers or election officials


If you are told you are not on the voter roll:

  • Confirm that you are registered to vote. 

  • Confirm that you are at the right polling place.

  • If you registered and are not showing up on the voter roll, call the Election Protection Hotline
    (866-687-8683).

  • Did you recently move? If so and you didn’t update your registration, you are likely on the voter roll of your old polling place.

  • Check with a poll worker to see if you can update your registration and vote a regular ballot where you are. Otherwise, you may need to vote at your old polling location or at a central polling place.

  • Make sure the poll worker is spelling your name correctly and is looking in every place that you could be listed. Ask a poll worker if there is a separate “inactive” or “suspense” list of voters that you may be on. Many states maintain similar lists of voters who have not recently voted. If you are on this list, you can still cast a regular ballot.

 

If you are being turned away from voting for not having the proper ID:

  • Figure out if you have anything on you that qualifies. Some states accept documents you may not think of as ID, like a paystub or utility bill with your address.

  • Do you have something at home that qualifies that you can go back and get? If you can’t come back the same day, some states may allow you to come back and show your ID following Election Day. Ask a poll worker if this is an option.

  • If you do not have any acceptable form of ID, does your state allow you to vote without ID by signing something under oath?

  • In several states where ID is required (CT, ID, IA, LA, MI, MT, NH, SD, TN), you may be able to vote without proper ID by signing a something under oath.

  • Cast a provisional ballot if that is your only option. In some states that require ID, your provisional ballot will be counted if your signature matches what is on file in the voter registry.

 

If you cast a provisional ballot:

  • Ask for written instructions about what you must do to ensure the provisional ballot will be counted.

  • Ask for a phone number you can call to confirm if your vote was counted.

  • IMPORTANT: In 27 states, if you cast a provisional ballot at the wrong polling location, your vote will not be counted.

VOTING WITH DISABILITIES

 
Both Missouri and Kansas offer similar accommodation.  It never hurts to check with your local voting authority in advance about how you can be accommodated to cast your vote.
 
  • Advance/Absentee Voting 


If you are incapacitated or confined due to illness or physical disability, or caring for an incapacitated person, you may vote in advance (KS) or absentee (MO).
 

  • Curbside Voting 

 

If you have limited mobility you should be able to vote "curbside" or outside the polling place. You should go to your polling place and ask someone to go in and ask poll workers to bring a ballot out to you. The poll workers should bring you a ballot within a reasonable period of time.
 

  • Accessible Voting Systems 

 

Every polling place must have an accessible voting system for individuals with disabilities including audiovisual accessibility. Accessible systems include an audio ballot to make selections or the ability to enlarge text so that you can read the on-screen ballot with ease.
 

  • Permanent Absentee Voting

If you have a permanent physical disability you may request to be placed on a designated list so that your local election authority can automatically mail an absentee ballot application directly to you prior to each election. You will need to make this request directly your local election authority who will send you further information.
 

  • Personal Assistance

If you cannot read or write, are blind or have another physical disability and cannot vote your ballot, you may choose to bring in a person to help you vote. Your assistant does not have to be over the age of 18 or be a registered voter. Additionally, a bipartisan team of poll workers can assist you upon request.

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