The 2020 election year is upon us.

While most college students in the United States that are eligible to vote do not, around 40 percent, recent social events have raised awareness for younger students to do their part. For many college students, it will be their first time to vote. With a nation that is seemingly divided on the candidates, your vote matters.

The following video and guide will demonstrate how to register to vote in Kansas. The stories below will describe how to apply for an absentee ballot and if the states allow advanced voting. The voting process varies from state to state. Some have more strict policies on their voting options, while some states are more lenient.

Winfield

If you want to register to vote in the state of Kansas, you must have an unexpired state-issued ID, and register to vote by Oct. 13. If you register online, you must have your ID number, but if you register to vote by mail or in-person you may have either your ID number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Winfield is part of Kansas House District 79 and part of the U.S. House District 4. There is no excuse needed to vote by mail, so as long as everything is all set with your registration, you can send your vote through the convenience of your home. To vote early in person, the voter must go to the Cowley County Election Office at 321 E. 10th here in Winfield. The early voting will proceed until noon the Monday before Election Day. 

In Winfield, the polling location is the Aviator Church, which is located at 904 Alexander Winfield, KS 67156. The general election is Nov. 3, and the polling location is opened from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Kansas

Students have a choice about where they want to register themselves. College students can use their campus or home address to register to vote. If they are already registered to vote at their home address they can choose to stay registered there. However, students cannot be registered to vote in more than one location. It has to be one or the other.

When registering to vote in Kansas individuals must present a valid Kansas driver’s license or ID number. If a student does not have either of those, then the last four digits of their social security number will work in their place. However, if registering online, students must provide their Kansas driver’s license or ID number. If students would like to register to vote online, they can click here today.

Registering to vote will not affect a student’s Federal Financial Aid status as a dependent on their parents’ taxes or tuition status. However, if a student registers in the state of Kansas they should obtain a Kansas driver’s license and may have to register their vehicle in Kansas.

The deadline for the General Election registration is Oct. 13. For more information on how and where to vote click here.

Kansas Absentee Voting

To have any chance to vote for absentee vote, you need to have registered to vote. You must have done this before Oct. 13 and you can do it online, mail in, or in-person at your county clerk’s office.

There is no excuse needed to have to mail-in vote. This means that the process is a little easier than some states that do require an excuse.

 It is very highly suggested to fill out the form at home and then bring it to the county clerk’s office, or if you can’t have someone else do it. If you rather just mail it in, then there is a place to track your ballot.

Ballots will be mailed to those who have requested the ballot starting Oct. 14. The deadline to request a ballot is 7 days before the election (which is Oct. 26). The deadline for the ballot is it needs have a postmark of the election day or at most 3 days afterward (which is Nov. 5).

Kansas Advance Voting

To advance vote in the state of Kansas, voters must complete an application for an advance ballot and include their driver’s license number or a copy of their photo identification.

Advance voting applications must be submitted to the appropriate county election official by Oct. 27 for the 2020 general election. Once submitted, mail-in ballots will be mailed to those who apply beginning Oct. 14 for the 2020 general election. All ballots must be postmarked on or before election day and received in the county election office by the close of business on the Friday following the election.

To complete the form, click here, print the form, and mail it to the county election official based on the county of the voter’s driver’s license.

Oklahoma

The deadline to be registered to vote in Oklahoma is Oct. 9, so make sure you are good to go by that time. If you are still unsure that you are ready to go after using these steps, you can check here.

When registering to vote you will need a few things, your Oklahoma driver’s license, and the last 4 digits of your social security.

You can go to this link.

 Select “Register to Vote.”

This will then take you to a different page to fill out your Voter Registration Form.

Once you do so, you will then print it out, then mail it to your local County Election Board. On the voter registration form, you will find where to mail it too.

When you are finished with that, within the coming days you should receive confirmation. Then you are ready to vote!

Texas

Here are few steps on how to register vote in Texas.

The Registration Deadline for the General Presidential Election is Oct. 5 so make sure not to miss this deadline.

Students attending college have the choice to register either at their college campus address or their permanent or home address. But you can only be registered and vote in one location so you have to choose between one of them.

To register your vote, you need a Texas driver’s license or ID number, or the last four digits of your Social Security number. At the polls, you must show a government-issued photo ID or explain why you cannot obtain one and show supporting documents, such as a utility bill or bank statement.

You are also allowed to use a U.S. citizenship certificate containing the person’s photograph or a U.S. passport. Except for the U.S. citizenship certificate, these photo IDs cannot be expired for more than four years.

You are only allowed to vote by mail with a certain excuse which doesn’t include fear of COVID-19. These excuses might count if you will be away from your county on Election Day and during the in-person early voting period.

Voters in Texas may vote early in person starting Oct. 13 and ending Oct. 30. In addition to that, you might vote by mail if you’re sick or disabled.

Texas Absentee Voting

As far as early voting prior to the set election date there are a few requirements.

You must be 65 years or older, be disabled, out of the county on election day and during the period for early voting by personal appearance or be confined in jail, but otherwise eligible. If you are not registered to vote in the state of Texas the deadline to register is 30 days before a given election, whether it’s the primary runoff or general.

Florida

There are two different ways to vote in Florida, online voter registration, or voting by mail. 

If you visit the webpage Register To Vote Online you will be able to follow the step-by-step instructions listed. To apply, there are certain documents that you will need to provide such as your driver’s license or another form of identification. On the website, you can see a list of rules that you must be eligible for before you can register to vote.

Another way to vote in Florida is by mail. To do so, you have to request a vote-by-mail ballot. There are a couple of steps required before doing so, all of which are listed on the website How to Vote-by-Mail. After filling out an application to vote by mail, you will be sent a ballot which then can be filled out and sent to the required location.

California

In the state of California, it is very easy to vote.

Voting registration ends on Oct. 19 with the general election happening on Nov. 3 from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. You can participate in early in-person voting from Oct. 9- Nov. 2. You can contact county officials to find out hours on when you can early vote.

California is making it easy when it comes to providing identification when voting.

You do not need to provide an ID when voting in California, but they do recommend having an ID or the last four digits of your Social Security number.

Any registered voter can vote by mail in California. You must fill out a Vote-By-Mail Ballot Application and either mail it or give it in-person to your county election office no more than seven days before the election.