So Many Ways to Vote!

Oct 24, 2016 · Kate Flavin - YPW Volunteer

Voter turnout for this year’s General Election is expected to be 80% in Sedgwick County.  Will you be included in that number?

If you cannot vote on Tuesday, November 8, there are plenty of other options to make sure your ballot counts in the upcoming election. You can vote from your home or office by requesting a ballot by mail.  You can vote on Saturday if you have trouble getting away from work during the week. And you can vote on multiple days prior to November 8 if there is a day that works better for you. The early voting lines are usually short so it makes it very quick and easy.

Early Voting at the Sedgwick County Election Office, 510 N. Main in Wichita, is open to registered voters from Oct. 24 to Oct. 28 and Oct. 28 to Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.  You can even vote on a Saturday, Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., or Monday, Nov. 7 from 8 a.m. to noon.

Remember, per the Secretary of State, it is illegal to show the contents of election ballots in Kansas so keep your selfies away from voting booths.  (But if you do take one in the designated places, be sure to include #WeAreYPW, #ILoveWichita and #SedgwickVotes!)

Beginning Nov. 1, additional polling sites will be open for Early Voting at noon.  Check out all the new locations here.  Any voter registered in Sedgwick County can vote at any of these locations during Early Voting, so you can go to whichever one is most convenient for you.

A second option is voting by mail.  You can request a ballot by mail from the Election Office from now until Friday, Nov. 4.  Mail ballots offer you the convenience of voting from home or work.  Make sure to return your ballot to the Election Office by 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 8!

Finally, you can vote in person on Election Day, Nov. 8.  If you choose this option, be sure that you go to the correct polling place!  You can check which location you need to go to by using a polling place locator, here.

At your polling place, you can choose to vote by a paper ballot or on a voting machine.  Election Commissioner Lehman acquired additional voting equipment to assist with the expected high turnout on Election Day.

This election, as with every election, it’s important to exercise your right to vote! Regardless of which option you choose to vote, be sure to take your government issued photo ID.

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