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Kansas Secretary of State: Masks not mandatory to vote in the Aug. 4 primaries

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TOPEKA, Kan. (KSNW) – Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab provided guidelines to county election officials on local mask requirements ahead of the August 4th Primary Election.

“Our priority has been, and continues to be, ensuring every Kansan has the opportunity to exercise their right to vote in the 2020 elections,” said Secretary Schwab. “Kansas voters who choose to vote in-person will be allowed to vote, regardless of whether or not they wear a mask.”

A memo from Schwab’s office to county election officials states that no individual, who is otherwise qualified to vote, shall be turned away from a polling location for wearing or not wearing a mask. Schwab reminded officials that Article 5, Section 1 of the Kansas Constitution states there are only three criteria to be qualified to vote in Kansas: age, citizenship, and residence. If a properly registered voter, state law dictates the individual to be allowed to cast a ballot.

The Office of Secretary of State encourages all Kansans to be safe and follow the recommended safety protocols of health professionals. Every polling location in Kansas has been provided with personal protective equipment kits that contain masks, gloves, hand sanitizer, disinfectant, and plexiglass shields to protect the health and safety of those present.

In addition, voters will be given disposable stylus pens to use on paper ballots or election
machinery. Voters are reminded to maintain a minimum of six feet distance from others while waiting in line and should anticipate greater distance between voting booths at their polling location.

Click here to read the full letter.

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