It’s a major election year. Voters will choose a president, members of Congress and state legislators. In Wichita, voters also will decide whether the community water supply should be fluoridated.
For the first time, Kansas voters will be required to show valid photo ID at the polls.
Some boundaries in congressional, state and county races have changed as a result of redistricting, which redraws districts every 10 years to reflect population changes based on the Census. Registered voters received cards in mid-summer listing their voting districts.
Keep reading to find out how to participate in the Nov. 6 election and in the campaigning that precedes it. What you’ll vote on
• U. S. president and vice president
• 4th District U.S. representative
• State senators
• State representatives
• County commissioners
• 18th District judges
• You'll also vote on state Board of Education, Sedgwick County district attorney and county clerk, treasurer and register of deeds. Candidates in those races are unopposed.
How, when to vote:You can vote in advance in person at the Sedgwick County Election Office on the first floor of the historic courthouse at 510 N. Main in Wichita. Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Nov. 2. Beginning Oct. 30, you can vote at sites across the county. If you want to vote on Nov. 6, you must vote at your assigned polling place. To find your assigned site, go to https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org.
• Bel Aire City Building, 7651 E. Central Park in Bel Aire
• Center for Health and Wellness, 2707 E. 21st St. in Wichita
• Church of the Holy Spirit, 18218 W. Highway 54 in Goddard
• First United Methodist Church, 560 N. Park in Valley Center
• Grace Presbyterian Church, 5002 E. Douglas in Wichita
• Greenwich Road Church of Christ, 1746 S. Greenwich in Wichita
• Haysville Activity Center, 7106 S. Broadway in Haysville
• Independent Living Resource Center, 3033 W. Second St. in Wichita
• Machinists Union, 3830 S. Meridian in Wichita. (Note: Advance voting at this site on Nov. 3 will be available only from 1 to 4 p.m.)
• Reformation Lutheran Church Parish Hall, 7601 E. 13th St. in Wichita
• Cargill Learning Center at the Sedgwick County Zoo, 5555 Zoo Boulevard in Wichita
• Sharon Baptist Church, 2221 S. Oliver in Wichita
• St. Andrew’s Lutheran Church, 2555 Hyacinth in Wichita
• Westlink Church of Christ, 10025 W. Central in Wichita
• Woodlawn United Methodist Church, 431 S. Woodlawn in Derby
Where can I see a sample ballot? Go to www.voteks.org. You will need to input your name and date of birth. You can also build your own sample ballot by going to The Eagle’s online voter guide at www.kansas.com/politics and punching in your address to see information on the races you can vote on.
What should I take to the polls? Take your government-issued photo ID.
Call the Sedgwick County Election Office at 316-660-7100.
Signing the envelope is required for your vote to count, so if you think you might not have signed it, call the election office at 316-660-7100 to see if your ballot was accepted. Or go to the office on the first floor of the historic courthouse at 510 N. Main in Wichita to sign it.
Sedgwick County’s Democratic Party will provide rides to advance voting sites and on Election Day. Call the party’s headquarters at 316-262-7534.
Sedgwick County’s Republican Party will provide rides only on Election Day, Nov. 6. Call the party’s headquarters at 316-263-0550.
• Vote in person at the Butler County Election Office, 205 W. Central, Suite 205, in El Dorado, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 5. If you have questions, call 316-322-4229 or 800-822-7119.
• Vote in person at the Harvey County Community Room in the basement of the courthouse, 800 N. Main, Newton. Polls are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays; from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday; and from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 5. If you have questions, call 316-284-6840.
• Vote in person at the Sumner County Clerk’s Office, 501 N. Washington, Room 101, Wellington, beginning Oct. 30. Polls are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Nov. 2 and from 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 5. If you have questions, call 620-326-3395.
From raising money to door-to-door canvassing, voters can get involved with Sedgwick County-based affiliates of the state’s major political parties if they want to help campaign during the 2012 election season. Here’s how:
Email Dist4@lpks.org for more information.
For additional information on elections in Sedgwick County, visit www.sedgwickcounty.org/elections.