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Get Ready for Election Day, Nov. 3

Date:September 14, 2020
Get Ready for Election Day, Nov. 3

RideKC on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020

On Election Day, fares on all RideKC bus routes serving Kansas City, Johnson County, Wyandotte County and Independence will be free. Fares have been suspended due to COVID, and  RideKC traditionally offers free rides on Election Day. 

There will be a national general election on Nov. 3. Races include the presidential election, as well as state and local offices and issues. 

Guide to Registering and Getting to the Polls

Deadlines, early voting and requirements vary by state, so we are providing information for both Missouri and Kansas. 

1. Register to vote 

In Missouri and Kansas, voter registration deadlines are in early October. Be sure to check your voter registration status now in case you need to register. If you have recently moved, you'll want to update your registration ahead of the deadlines.
Missouri: 
Oct. 7 is the deadline to register in Missouri. Register online, by mail or in person. Registrations must be postmarked by deadline date. 
Kansas City residents in Jackson County can visit the Kansas City Election Board
In Jackson County, outside of Kansas City, visit the Jackson County Election Board
In Clay County, visit the Clay County Board of Election Commissioners.
In Platte County, visit the Platte County Board of Elections
If you live elsewhere in Missouri, start with the Secretary of State.

Kansas: 
Oct. 13 is the deadline to register in Kansas. Register online, by mail or in person. Registrations must be postmarked by deadline date. 
Johnson County voters can visit Johnson County Election Office to get registered.
Wyandotte County voters can visit Wyandotte County Election Office to get registered.
If you live elsewhere in Kansas, information is available at Vote Kansas.

2. Find your polling place or plan to vote early 

For people who plan to vote in person on Nov. 3, know that many polling places have recently moved to provide social distancing. You'll want to check your polling place in advance and make a plan to get there. 
In-person, early voting is available in Kansas. 
Absentee and mail-in ballots are available in Missouri and Kansas. 

Missouri: 
To find your polling place and check your voter status, visit the website for your location: Kansas City Election Board, Jackson County Election Board, Clay County Board of Election Commissioners, or Platte County Board of Elections
If you live elsewhere in Missouri, start with the Secretary of State.
Absentee or mail-In ballot requests must be received by local election authorities by Wednesday, Oct. 21. Check election office website for more details.
If voting through absentee ballot or mail-in ballot, drop off or maill your ballot on or before Nov. 3. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 before 7 p.m. Check election office websites. 

Kansas: 
Johnson County voters can access resources at Johnson County Election Office.
Wyandotte County election information is available at Wyandotte County Election Office.
If you live elsewhere in Kansas, information is available at Vote Kansas.
To vote early, in-person voting begins Oct. 19 at one of the several advance voting locations in Johnson and Wyandotte counties. Locations vary from Election Day voting locations, so check election office websites.
If voting through absentee ballot or mail-in ballot, drop off or maill your ballot on or before Nov. 3. Ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3 before 5 p.m.  

3. Find your RideKC route 

App: Download the Transit App to plan a trip. 
Online: Use the trip planner on the homepage of RideKC.org. Receive transit and walking directions that you can print or send directly to your phone.
By phone: call 816-221-0660 weekdays, between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. and provide your starting address and polling place address.

Paratransit riders should call 816-842-9070 to arrange a ride.

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