KANSAS CITY, Kan. — The presidential election has officially begun in the state of Kansas.
Early voting began Monday in Johnson County, and it starts Tuesday in Wyandotte County.
Kansas is one of 34 states offering advance voting, and the Wyandotte County Election Office is one of three places in Wyandotte County where voters can cast their ballot for this presidential election.
In Johnson County, there are six early voting locations.
Many will do this to avoid long lines at the polls on Election Day, which is just two weeks away.
Voters is Topeka began filling out their ballots early Monday.
If you vote early, don’t also go to the polls on Election Day. Voting more than once in the same election is a crime. Also, make sure you are registered to vote and bring a government issued photo ID with you.
If you can’t vote early in person, you can also advance vote by mail. To do that, you’ll need to print off an application from your county’s election office website and mail it in with a copy of your photo ID.
They will mail you a ballot that must be mailed back by next Friday – you can’t turn it in at a polling location. Many in Kansas like the ability to vote early.
“I just think it’s fun to have the opportunity to come in first” Topeka voter Nancy Adair said. “Plus, I always think if you wait till the last-minute, what if something happens that you’re not able to make it in? You’ve gotten sick, you run out of gas, you’ve been in an accident…whatever!”
You can go Monday through Saturday over the next two weeks, with your last chance being the morning of Monday, Nov. 7, the day before Election Day.
Missouri does not offer early voting, just absentee voting, which is available now. But to do that, you must provide a valid excuse as to why you won’t be able to vote on Election Day.
“If I want to complain about what they’re doing, I need to vote,” Topeka voter Kay Anderson said. “If I don’t vote, I don’t feel like I have a right to complain because I didn’t take part.”