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25-1124. Advance voting; marking and mailing or depositing ballots; procedures for voters needing assistance; unlawful acts and penalties. (a) Upon receipt of the advance voting ballot, the voter shall cast such voter's vote as follows: The voter shall make a cross or check mark in the square or parentheses opposite the name of each candidate or question for whom the voter desires to vote. The voter shall make no other mark, and shall allow no other person to make any mark, upon such ballot. If the advance voting ballot was transmitted by mail, the voter personally shall place the ballot in the ballot envelope bearing the same number as the ballot and seal the envelope. The voter shall complete the form on the ballot envelope and shall sign the same. Except as provided by K.S.A. 25-2908, and amendments thereto, the ballot envelope shall be mailed or otherwise transmitted to the county election officer. If the advance voting ballot was transmitted to the voter in person in the office of the county election officer or at a satellite advance voting site, the voter may deposit such ballot into a locked ballot box without an envelope.

(b) Any voter who has an illness or physical disability or who is not proficient in reading the English language and is unable to apply for or mark or transmit an advance voting ballot, or any voter who has a disability preventing the voter from signing an application or the form on the ballot envelope, may request assistance by a person who has signed a statement required by subsection (d) in applying for or marking an advance voting ballot, or in signing an application or the form on the ballot envelope if the voter has a disability preventing the voter from signing.

(c) Any voted ballot may be transmitted to the county election officer by the voter or by another person designated in writing by the voter, except if the voter has a disability preventing the voter from writing and signing a statement, the written and signed statement required by subsection (d) shall be sufficient. Any such voted ballot shall be transmitted to the county election officer before the close of the polls on election day.

(d) The county election officer shall allow a person to assist a voter who has an illness or physical disability or who is not proficient in reading the English language in applying for or marking an application or advance voting ballot, or to sign for a voter who has a disability preventing the voter from signing an application or advance voting ballot form, provided a written statement is signed by the person who renders assistance to the voter who has an illness or physical disability or who is not proficient in reading the English language and such statement is submitted to the county election officer with the application or ballot. The statement shall be on a form prescribed by the secretary of state and shall contain a statement from the person providing assistance that the person has not exercised undue influence on the voting decision of the voter who has an illness or physical disability or who is not proficient in reading the English language and that the person providing assistance has completed the application, marked the ballot, or signed the application or ballot form as instructed by the voter.

(e) Any person assisting a voter who has an illness or physical disability or who is not proficient in reading the English language in applying for or marking an advance voting ballot, or in signing an application or advance voting ballot form for a voter who has a disability preventing the voter from signing the application or advance voting ballot form, who knowingly fails to sign and submit the statement required by this section or who exercises undue influence on the voting decision of such voter shall be guilty of a severity level 9, nonperson felony.

History: L. 1967, ch. 208, § 11; L. 1972, ch. 134, § 6; L. 1973, ch. 155, § 1; L. 1978, ch. 137, § 9; L. 1984, ch. 141, § 1; L. 1990, ch. 124, § 1; L. 1995, ch. 192, § 23; L. 1996, ch. 187, § 28; L. 1997, ch. 124, § 3; L. 1999, ch. 105, § 14; L. 2001, ch. 81, § 10; L. 2011, ch. 56, § 5; L. 2018, ch. 116, § 3; July 1.


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