Archive for Thursday, October 16, 2008

Advanced voting now under way

October 16, 2008

Advance voting for the Nov. 4 elections is under way.

Registered voters who have applied for an advanced ballot can now vote. The Leavenworth County Clerk’s Office began filling those requests by sending advanced ballots by mail Wednesday. Return postage will be the voter’s responsibility.

The county will mail all advanced ballots by Oct. 31.

Applications for advanced voting can be found at the Leavenworth County Web site. Once the application is complete, it must be mailed to the County Clerk’s Office, 300 Walnut St., Suite 106, Leavenworth, KS 66048.

First-time voters must show proof of identity even with mailed ballots. A photocopy of a driver’s license or any government-issued ID will need to be sent with the application, the clerk’s office said. If no identification is submitted and the Clerk’s Office cannot verify the voter’s information, the ballot will be provisional and will not be counted until proof of identification is shown before the county canvass on Nov. 10.

All advanced ballots must be returned to the county election office before 7 p.m. Nov. 4. A signature on the outside of the advanced ballot envelope is needed. If the voter’s signature is missing, the ballot will not be counted, the clerk’s office said.

If anyone has difficulty signing the envelope, or needs assistance in filling out the ballot, they may designate someone to help them with the process. For advance ballots, an affidavit of assistance is attached. Whoever is helping with the ballot must sign the affidavit.

Advanced voting may also be done in person at the Elections Office, which is in the clerk’s office at the courthouse. The deadline for advance voting in person is noon Nov. 3. The Election Office will have extended hours, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.. on Monday, Oct. 27, Tuesday, Oct. 28, and Wednesday, Oct. 29.

Voters may also cast advance ballots at three satellite locations on certain dates before the election. The satellite times and locations are: 1-7 p.m. Oct. 27,Tonganoxie Public Library; 1-7 p.m. Oct. 28, Linwood Community Library; and 1-7 p.m. Oct. 29, Basehor Community Library.

The final day to register to vote for the general election is Oct. 20.

Sample ballots can also be viewed at the county’s Web site. For more information, contact the Election Office at (913) 684-0421.

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