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How to vote in Kansas

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Published: Sep. 22, 2020 at 5:01 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 20, 2020 at 4:33 PM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Here’s what you need to know if you plan on voting ahead of the November 3rd election.

Advance In-Person Voting:

You can vote in person at the county election office or satellite voting centers up to 20 days before an election in Kansas. You must bring an approved Photo ID (https://sos.ks.gov/elections/elections-faq.html#Photo-ID) in order to vote, whether in advance or on Election Day.

Individual counties vary, but in Sedgwick County, advance in-person voting begins on October 19.

Sedgwick County has several locations that will offer in-person voting before November 3. You’ll find further information here, https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/media/57693/2020-general-evc.pdf, including each of the 16 early-voting locations.

Full list of Sedgwick County early-voting sites:

  • Bel Aire City Building: 7651 E. Central Park, Bel Aire
  • Goddard District Conference Center: 311 South Main, Goddard
  • Grace Presbyterian Church: 5002 E. Douglas Ave., Wichita
  • Haysville Community Library: 210 Hays Ave., Haysville
  • Machinists Building, 3830 S. Meridian Ave., Wichita
  • Park City City Hall: 1941 E. 61st St. N. Park City
  • Progressive Missionary Baptist Church: 2727 E. 25th st. N., Wichita
  • Reformation Lutheran: 7601 E. 13th St. N., Wichita
  • Sedgwick County Extension Office: 7001 W. 21st St. N., Wichita
  • SEIU Building: 3340 W. Douglas Ave., Wichita
  • Sharon Baptist Church: 2221 S. Oliver, Wichita
  • St. Andrew’s Lutheran: 2555 Hyacinth Ln., Wichita
  • Valley Center Community Center: 314 Clay, Valley Center
  • Westlink Church of Christ: 10025 W. Central Ave., Wichita
  • Woodland Lakes Community Church: 770 S. Greenwich Rd., Wichita
  • Woodlawn Methodist Church: 431 S. Woodlawn Blvd., Derby

INTRUST Bank Arena will serve as a “mega-site” for all voters - allowing more space for advance voters to socially distance. Charles Koch Arena will open its doors - for one day only - on Oct. 22 to Wichita State University students, faculty, and staff as early voting option on campus.

Advance Ballots:

You can request an advance ballot (mail-in ballot, absentee ballot) before October 27. Ballots will be mailed to those who apply beginning on October 14.

Those ballots can be mailed back to the Election Office using the return envelope provided. They must be postmarked by close of polls on Election Day and received at the Election Office no later than the following Friday in order to be counted.

You can also drop advance ballots off at the Sedgwick County Election Office during normal business hours by close of polls (7:00 p.m. on Election Day). Check with your individual County Election Office for more information.

You can drop advance ballots off at any Early Vote Center or Election Day Polling Place during regular voting hours.

Click here to check on the status of your Advance by Mail Application or Ballot: https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/media/57308/voterview-instructions.pdf

If something happens to your ballot before you send it off or drop it off, Sedgwick County residents can request a replacement here: https://www.sedgwickcounty.org/elections/advanced-ballot-replacements-request/

Drop boxes:

Sedgwick County has fourteen secure drop boxes set up for advance ballots. You can find your nearest dropbox here: Sedgwick County Drop Box Locations

More Information:

The Secretary of State’s Office has not issued new guidance relating to the pandemic for the General Election, but for the Primary Election in August, masks were encouraged - but not required. Social distancing measures were in place, and gloves and hand sanitizer were available at polling locations.

Voters in Sedgwick County received a special pen which allowed them to operate the touch-panel without actually touching it.

Cybersecurity experts encourage voters to be aware of which websites they’re using. Be sure that you are on a legit voter website, such as the Kansas Secretary of State’s election page.

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