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Register by Tuesday for Ambassador Hotel vote

By Deb Gruver
The Wichita Eagle

If you want to vote on whether the planned Ambassador Hotel in downtown Wichita should get to tap the city’s bed tax to help build the $22.5 million project, you need to be registered by Tuesday.

Supporters and opponents of the subsidy have been sending fliers and calling voters in full force.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman isn’t expecting a full-force turnout, though.

“I would assume it’s going to be about the same as a city general election, 10 to 15 percent” of registered voters, she said last week.

Applications for advance ballots by mail are now available. A person may request one by calling the election office at 316-660-7101 or get one online at the election’s office’s website, sedgwickcounty.org/elections/; click on “Applications & Forms” on the right side of the page. Instructions for how to mail, e-mail or fax the completed application to the election office are on the form.

To verify their identity, voters must put their Kansas driver’s license or non-driver identification number on the application. If a voter doesn’t have one of those two IDs, there is a list of other forms of identification on the application that can be used.

Advance voting for the special election begins Feb. 15 at the election office, Suite 101 at the historic courthouse, 510 N. Main in Wichita.

Voters can stop by the election office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays from Feb. 15 to 24 or 8 a.m. to noon Feb. 27. The office will be closed Feb. 20 for Presidents Day.

Beginning Feb. 23, advance voting will expand to several other locations.

You can vote in advance from noon to 7 p.m. Feb. 23 and 24 and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 25 at these locations:

•  Center for Health and Wellness, 2707 E. 21st St.

•  Grace Presbyterian Church, 5002 E. Douglas

•  Machinists Union, 3830 S. Meridian

•  Maranatha Worship Center, 888 S. Webb Road

•  Reformation Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 7601 E. 13th St.

•  Sedgwick County Zoo Cargill Learning Center, 5555 Zoo Blvd.

•  Sharon Baptist Church, 2221 S. Oliver

•  St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 2555 Hyacinth Lane

•  Westlink Church of Christ, 10025 W. Central.

Voters must show a photo ID to cast a ballot. The election is Feb. 28.

Reach Deb Gruver at 316-268-6400 or dgruver@wichitaeagle.com.

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