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This page contains information on advance voting in Douglas County, Kansas.

Advance Voting and Voting Options



Voting in Person in Advance
In-person Advance, by law, can begin up to twenty (20) days prior to each election. Show up at an In-person site, fill out the Application for Advance Ballot, and vote. It is just that simple.

Voting by Mail in Advance
To vote by mail you must complete an ' Advance Voting Application (PDF format)'. Please Note: Digital signatures are *not* accepted. After you have completed the aforementioned application, please return it to our office:
  • Via mail:
  • Douglas County Clerk's Office
  • c/o Elections Office
  • 1100 Massachusetts Street
  • Lawrence, KS 66044
A separate application must be submitted for each election, except in the case of permanent illness or disability which requires a different, one-time-only application (see below, Permanent Advanced Voting Status).

Your completed application must be received at the Election Office before 5:00 p.m. on the Friday prior to the election. Submit your application early to avoid delays!

Ballots will be mailed beginning 20 days before the election.

Due by 7:00 p.m. on Election Day: Your completed ballot, in its sealed envelope with your signature and address, may be returned by mail or hand-delivered to the Election Office in the Courthouse at 1100 Massachusetts, before 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. For your convenience, there is a "County Business Depository" drive-by drop-box in the small parking lot on the south side of the Courthouse. Ballots placed in the drop-box will be collected at 7:00 p.m. on Election Day. Ballots may not be faxed, and they may not be returned to polling locations.


Permanent Advance Voting Status
Form: Permanent Advance Application (PDF format)
A person with a permanent illness or disability may apply at any time to the county election officer for permanent advance voting status. Once a voter obtains permanent status, the county election officer automatically sends the voter an advance ballot every election without the voter having to renew the application each time.

The voter must specify the nature of the permanent physical disability or illness that makes it difficult or impossible for the voter to go to the regular polling place to cast a ballot. A permanent advance voting applicant is not required to furnish a physician's records or signature, but the voter must sign an affirmation on the form. The applicant should be specific as to the nature of the sickness or disability; using "age" or "failing health" is not adequate.

After you have completed the aforementioned application please return it to our office via email at: elections@douglas-county.com or via mail at:
  • Douglas County Clerk's Office
  • c/o Elections Office
  • 1100 Massachusetts Street
  • Lawrence, KS 66044

Military and Overseas Voting Information (UOCAVA)
Form: UOCAVA Application (PDF format)
UOCAVA is a Federal program that is designed to allow overseas voters and military personnel to actively participate in our democratic process. Here is a link you can access for more information about the program: http://www.usdoj.gov/crt/voting/misc/activ_uoc.htm

In order to become qualified as a UOCAVA voter it is necessary for an application to be completed and submitted to our office.

After you have completed the aforementioned application please return it to our office via email at: elections@douglas-county.com or via mail at:
  • Douglas County Clerk's Office
  • c/o Elections Office
  • 1100 Massachusetts Street
  • Lawrence, KS 66044

Vote at the Polls on Election Day
The polls are open from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on Election Day.


General Information from the Secretary of State's Office


Advance Voting may begin up to 20 days before any election. The exact date might vary by county.

If you wish to vote by advance ballot, it is your responsibility to apply to the Election Office for your ballot. By law no ballot will be issued before a signed application is received in the Election Office.

It is illegal for any person or group to delay or interfere with the transmission of applications from voters to the Election Office. Persons or groups transmitting applications for voters must mail, fax or deliver them to the Election Office within two days from the time they are signed.

The Election Office will mail your ballot within 2 days of receiving your application. If you receive an application with an address other than the Election Office pre-printed on the mailing side of the application, it could delay or prevent delivery of your ballot.

Your ballot may be delivered only to your residential or mailing address as indicated on the voter registration list, to your temporary residential address, or to a medical care facility where you reside. These restrictions do not apply to sick, disabled or illiterate voters.



Safeguarding Your Advance Ballot


All voters who are voting by mail should follow these simple steps to protect the integrity of their ballot:
  • Vote the ballot yourself. Do not let another person tell you how you should vote.
  • If you are physically unable to vote the ballot, be certain that the person assisting you can be trusted and is NOT: with a political campaign; your employer; agent of employer; or officer or agent of a union to which you are a member. If you do require assistance, an "Affidavit of Assistance in the County of Douglas, State of Kansas " must be completed and you will find it printed on the back of the return envelope.