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Sedgwick County sees push to vote in person before Tuesday’s primary

  • Published Monday, August 6, 2012, at 12:04 p.m.
  • Updated Tuesday, August 27, 2013, at 9:38 a.m.

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Who can vote?

Republicans can vote in the Republican primary. Democrats can vote in the Democratic primary.

Registered voters who are unaffiliated can vote in either primary, but not both. Unaffiliated voters who wish to vote in the Republican primary will have to fill out a new voter registration card at the polls and join the party before they will be allowed to vote.

When can you vote?

Polls in Sedgwick and Butler counties will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. Polls in Harvey and Sumner counties will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

For more information

Not sure if you are a registered voter? Not sure where to vote? To confirm your registration or find your polling place, check the voter card that was mailed to you in mid-July or go to https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org.

Or you can call your county election office:

• Sedgwick: 316-660-7100 or 877-530-7194

•  Butler: 316-322-4229 or 800-822-7119

•  Harvey: 316-284-6840

•  Sumner: 620-326-3395

Navigating the voter ID law

Most voters casting a ballot in person or by mail must now provide one of eight valid government-issued photo IDs under the state’s new voter ID law, which took effect Jan. 1. Election officials say the best tip they can offer is to be prepared at the polls.

Take a current driver’s license, a state identification card, a United States passport, a public assistance card, a concealed-carry permit, military ID, government employee ID or university student ID

Voters age 65 and older may use expired photo IDs.

If you forget your ID, cast a provisional ballot and provide valid ID to the Sedgwick County Election Office within a few days

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If you encounter problems voting, let us know. E-mail us at tips@wichitaeagle.com or call 316-269-6762 and leave a message.

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This story was reported through the Public Insight Network, a group of more than 700 Kansans who have volunteered to share their insights, ideas and experiences with journalists. We’d like you to join too. It’s free. We won’t spam you, share your information with marketers or use the information you give us without your permission. You will receive an e-mail about once a month asking if you would like to offer your insights on a local issue. Sign up at www.kansas.com/publicinsight.

If the push to cast ballots in person during the final days of Sedgwick County’s advance voting is any indication, the local turnout for Tuesday’s primary election may be better than the 15 percent projected.

Shortly before advance in-person voting ended at noon Monday at the county election commissioner’s office, 5,933 had voted, officials said. That far exceeds the 3,257 who voted in person in advance for the 2008 primary, when there was a 15 percent turnout in the county.

Less than 750 people had voted in person a week before the election, but the pace picked up between Thursday and Saturday when the number of polling sites expanded to 16.

In the 2010 primary, when there was a 25 percent turnout in the county, 6,654 people voted in person in advance.

Tuesday’s election has a number of high-profile Republican primaries, including the district attorney and sheriff’s races. The GOP primary will decide who is the next DA because there is no Democrat opponent for Novermber’s general election.

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