Voter registration ends, what issues get people to the polls?

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Tuesday, October 16, was the last day to register to vote in Kansas. The last minute influx of voter registration has pushed Sedgwick County to a record-high 300,000 registered voters. 

The Sedgwick County election office extended its hours Monday and Tuesday to allow more to register to vote. 

KSN asked voters registering what issues were pushing them to the polls this year:

EDUCATION: “I really don’t need the funding to be cut. Our kids are really missing out on a lot of education just for the simple resources that they lack as well as transportation and I think it’s really important we keep our education going for our kids,” Angela Henderson said.

WOMEN’S ISSUES: “Definitley women’s rights issues are very important to me and making sure women have their say-so and don’t get steamrolled in the process,” Gwen Robinson said.

FINANCES: “Mostly I’m concerned about the state budget and that includes all those things – education and everything,” Mary Ann Khoury said.

Registration is due by tomorrow but voters still have about three weeks to decide on their ballot choices. The Sedgwick County election office is open until 7 p.m. on Tuesday, or you can register online at www.ksvotes.org.

A pop-up voter registration spot was conducted by volunteers at Make ICT. Mike Barushok helped voters navigate KSVotes, offering a “last minute” option for voter registration.

“When people put things off then they talk themselves out of doing it, because they’re  afraid of the lines, or parking, or whatever. Anything we can do to make voters, make people who want to vote comfortable in voting, great,” Barushok said.

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