Early vote done, but voting groups making final primary push

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You may have noticed, there is a primary election in Kansas on Tuesday.

And voter turnout can depend sometimes on just getting a reminder.

“I didn’t actually plan on voting today and my boss was like, you should go,” said 19-year-old Caroline Bosen. “And my co-worker is here with me and we just literally ran over from Century II.”

Caroline and her friend, Josh Harris, decided to early vote. 

But, with the primary day beginning in Kansas across the state on Tuesday, some groups are working the phones and email.

“We do big pushes to get people to register to vote,” explains Sharon Ailslieger with the League of Women Voters.

Sharon says throughout the year they do voting registration pushes. Then, they do the next step.

“And then we’ve been trying to give them a call or email them to remind them to vote,” says Ailslieger. “We remind them when they register that they can vote early. We remind them that they can have an absentee ballot if they’re going to be out of town. They can advance vote. All the things out there we  try to give to them.”

While Ailslieger says they do reminders, Molly Byers says she had it all planned ahead of time.

“I’m a single parent, and I plan ahead,” explained Byers, who was stopping outside the old Segwick County Courthouse to talk to KSN on Monday.

“And I have done more research this year on candidates,” says Byers. “Absolutely, I have done a lot more research this year than I have ever done in my life.”

Byers says this election is too important not to vote. County elections officials say they are all important, and that’s why they are doing social media pushes to get out the vote.

“We’re doing a lot of social media. The county is pushing things on social media,” says Tabitha Lehman, Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner. “We sent anybody whose polling place changed, we sent them a notice so they know now where to go vote.”

Lehman says the turnout is not expected to be as high this primary as in the general election. Still, they expect a busy Tuesday. And that includes ballots by mail.

“But Kansas law was recently changed to say if your ballot is post marked by election day, and we received it at least three days after, by that Friday after, we can still count that ballot,” says Lehman.

Josh Harris says he has voted by mail before. But, he’s happy to be done voting.

“Our friend is a political science major, and she shares a lot of stuff, and she really encouraged us to vote,” says Harris. “Encouraged us, and I registered and voted today by their encouragement so, done and done.”

Polls open 6 a.m. in Sedgwick County. Some locations in Kansas open earlier than 7 a.m. but all poll locations are expected to be open by 7 a.m.

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