WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – Today is the deadline to register to vote in Kansas for the General Election on November 3. If you haven’t registered, you have until 11:59 p.m.
Sedgwick County election officials said the number of people registered to vote and the number of requested mail-in ballots surpasses the numbers in years past.
Officials said 317,000 people in Sedgwick County are registered to vote and that number is expected to go up even more as final registrations are put into the system.
“We never really know for sure what is getting the numbers to rise like that,” said Melissa Schnieders, Sedgwick County deputy election commissioner. “We do have so many folks that are new to our area or we’ve heard from folks who have never registered to vote before. There are a lot of first-time voters of all age groups.”
Many local groups including the NAACP and Voter Empowerment have hit the streets in Wichita to get people registered to vote.
“I’m kind of surprised because when I turned 18 some years ago, I couldn’t wait to vote,” said Sandra Rankin of Voter Empowerment. “Now, some of them don’t really see a reason to vote.”
As the deadline to register to vote approaches, the time when advance ballots are mailed out inches closer and closer.
Election officials said 90,000 ballots are expected to be mailed out in Sedgwick County.
You can register at your local election office or the Kansas Secretary of State’s website.
If you would like to update your voter registration, click here. (click here to download a voter registration application).
To check your current voter registration information, click here.
October 14: First day advance ballots are mailed. Advance in-person voting may begin in county election offices
October 27: Last day to request an advance ballot by mail for November 3rd. Advance in-person voting begins in all counties.
November 3: Polls are open between 7 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. Advance ballots must be postmarked on or before November 3, 2020, and must be received by close of business on November 6, 2020. Voters may hand-deliver their advance ballot to their county election office before Election Day or drop-off their advance ballot at their polling location before polls close.
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