Editorial: Voters, explore options to day-of voting
Election season has arrived friends.
By now you’ve likely seen the yard signs and certainly the ads. In some ways, it’s inescapable. As it should be.
Say what you will about partisan politics, but keep in mind who picked those partisans. Our electorate did. Voting is the most American thing you can do and participation is key for us as a nation to successfully selecting our leaders by the will of the people. Frankly, there’s no excuse not to participate.
An argument could be made that it takes time to go to a polling place and cast your ballot. And while that is true, have you considered there are alternatives to voting on Election Day?
Here in Kansas, there are several ways to vote besides the polling place on Election Day. Keep that in mind if you’re unsure about visiting a polling place. According to the Kansas secretary of state’s office, which coordinates voting statewide, Kansas allows voters to cast their ballots through two types of advance voting.
Any registered voter can vote by mail or in-person prior to Election Day. Both count the same as a ballot cast in-person on Election Day. We are very fortunate to live in a state that uses this format of voting.
If you’ve never tried advanced voting, perhaps this era of social distancing might be a good time to start.
Advanced voting is often quicker and less of a hassle as you can do it on your time and often you don’t have to wait in line to cast your ballot. It seems like two big wins in a time when we need to keep at least six feet apart.
To vote by mail, voters can simply contact their county election officer and request an advance ballot application. Ballots will be mailed out starting 20 days before the election and can be returned by mail or in-person to the county election office. There are deadlines for mail-in ballots, though, but you can find them easily on the aecretary of atate’s website: sos.kansas.gov.
Kansans can also vote in advance at their local county elections office up to 20 days in advance of the election. Once you’re there, the process will be no different than casting a ballot on Election Day. Each county has staff members who are trained and can help you through the process.
We’ll leave you with this final thought: Vote early and in all elections, Kansas.