Voting by mail: Deadline approaches to request mail-in ballots

In-person voting will still be held on Nov. 3, but Kansas voters have the option to mail in their ballots this year. (Archive photo by Alex Todd | Collegian Media Group)

With Election Day just around the corner on Nov. 3, it is important for voters to ensure their votes are counted. This year, voters in Kansas can request a mail-in ballot.

To request a mail-in ballot in Riley County, registered voters must fill out a mail-in application. The form must be filled out correctly for approval.

Voters who request advance ballots by mail must submit either a valid driver’s license number or copies of photo identification. This identification, along with the application, must be submitted and delivered to the Riley County Clerk’s Office by Tuesday, Oct. 27. The county will also accept ballots via fax to the Election Office at 785-537-6394 or by email at

Mail-in ballots and in-person voting begin Wednesday, Oct. 14. The sooner a ballot is sent in, the better chance of it being counted.

In order to be counted, completed ballots must be delivered in person to the Election Office by 7 p.m. on Nov. 3, delivered to any polling place in Riley County or mailed and postmarked by Election Day.

Even if ballots are mailed-in and postmarked on Election Day or before, they must be received by Friday, Nov. 6, in order to count.

Voters can track their ballots’ status after mailing it in or dropping it off on the Voter View website.

For more information on voting in advance and by mail in Riley County, visit the advance voting page on the county website.