General Voter Information
The following is general information for voters requesting assistance, voting hours, party affiliation, write-in voting, and sick, physically disabled, or illiterate voters. Also click here to see the Document Center, Clerk, Election folder which contains more detailed information by election year.
Assistance in Voting
A voter may request assistance if unable to vote unassisted by reason of physical disability, visual handicap, lack of proficiency in reading the English language, and being 65 years old and older.
At any time after we have ordered, received and sorted our ballots for an election (and the Election is set up in our system), voters can request a ballot-by-mail. It is necessary for voters to complete a system-generated form- they can request this by telephone, email, fax or in person, and they can return the form by any of those same methods. Approximately 20 days before the Election, the Clerk's Office is authorized to mail out the associated ballots. The ballots process includes self-addressed labels, but must have postage attached by the voter.
Early Voting will start on the same day as Advance Voting, approximately 20 days in advance of the General Election.
Early Voting - in Harper County - only occurs in the Courthouse, County Clerk's Office, at 201 N Jennings Avenue, Anthony KS. The hours are 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday (unless one of those business days happens to be a holiday). We are opening during the Lunch Hour. Voters requesting a ballot by this process must have an acceptable form of identification with them, and complete a simple computer-generated form before receiving the appropriate ballot.
The polls in Harper County are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
A law passed in 2014 by the Kansas Legislature prohibits Party members from switching parties during a period beginning on the candidate filing deadline (Noon on June 1st) through the date when the results of an August Primary are certified.
A registered voter who is unaffiliated may, however, affiliate with a Party during this period, but also when voting at the primary or when requesting an advance ballot. There is no ballot for 'unaffiliated' candidates, so those unaffiliated voters must request either a Democratic or Republican ballot. That voter will continue to be associated with such Party until they change this information with the County Election Office in writing.
A REMINDER: ALTHOUGH GENERAL ELECTIONS ARE NON-PARTISAN, THERE IS A DATE, APPROXIMATELY 21 DAYS IN ADVANCE OF THE GENERAL ELECTION, WHEN ALL VOTER REGISTRATIONS CEASE SO AGAIN- NO CHANGES CAN BE MADE.
To vote for a person whose name is not printed on the ballot, write that persons name on the line provided and darken the oval to the left of the name.
Write-in votes are permitted in primary elections for precinct committeemen and committeewoman, and when there is no candidate who has filed for the particular office in question. Write-in votes are permitted in all general elections. Optical Scanning System Rules and Regulations prohibit the use of labels on ballots.
Sick, Physically Disabled, or Illiterate Voters
Special voting procedures are available for any voter having a permanent or temporary illness or disability that would make it difficult or impossible for that voter to vote at a voting place. All registration and voting procedures may be handled by mail. A sick, disabled, or illiterate voter may apply for a ballot.
Sick, physically disabled, or illiterate voters who are unable to mark or transmit an advance ballot may receive assistance from another person. The person rendering assistance must sign a statement and return both the statement and the advance ballot to the Harper County Clerk's office by the time the polls close on 7PM on Election Day, or the ballot envelope must be postmarked on Election Day and received in the County Election Office by the Friday following the Election.
Registered voters having permanent physical disabilities or illnesses are permitted to automatically receive advance ballot status when a permanent voter application is filled out properly and returned to the Harper County Clerk's office.
If an elderly or disabled voter is able to go to the voting place, but finds it inaccessible by reason of stairs or steps, such voter may request that his or her ballot be brought to the entrance of the voting place.