Voter registration deadline approaches

Capitol Bureau

Kansas voters will head to the polls in a month to cast their votes in the Kansas primary election. But in order to cast a ballot, voters need to register by July 17.

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“This year, we have a lot of important decisions to make,” said Cille King, co-president of League of Women Voters.

King said the primary election often has low turnout and it’s important to register if people want their voices heard.

“If you take away the 30 percent that aren’t registered and you only have half of the ones showing up to vote who are registered, you have a very small percentage of people who are deciding these races,” said King.

Recently, a federal judge struck down the Kansas law requiring people to show proof of citizenship in order to register to vote.

“The application itself, the online application and the paper application are fully updated so all references to proof of citizenship have been removed,” explained Director of Kansas Elections Bryan Caskey.

Caskey said he believes most of the 105 county websites have also been updated to reflect the recent court ruling.

However, during an online search Monday, we found a few county websites that weren’t fully updated, while other county websites were in the process of being updated.

“There are 105 counties, that’s why I want to remind everyone, in case you come across that ignore anything about proof of citizenship,” Caskey said.

So what do you need to register and where can you go?

If you’re registering online, you’ll need your Kansas drivers license. Otherwise, you can get a voter registration form from your local county clerks office and not have to use your ID.

It’s important to note on voting day you still need to show an ID to prove it’s you who is voting.

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