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Sedgwick County Election Official Urging Civility At Polling Locations

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A sign points voters to the polling station at the Sedgwick County Courthouse.

Sedgwick County’s election commissioner is reminding voters that political discussions and campaigning are not allowed at polling locations.

Kansas law prohibits electioneering and “disorderly election conduct” at or within a certain distance of polling places. That means people can’t wear any buttons or t-shirts or hats that identify a candidate or political party or engage in any other type of campaign activity.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman is preparing poll workers to recognize and react to possible voter intimidation during Tuesday’s general election.

"If you are electioneering or you are disrupting a polling location, you will be asked to stop it. And if you do not, we will call the police, and we will have you arrested," Lehman says. "We will not have intimidation going on at our polling locations, period."

Lehman expects a high voter turnout on Election Day, so she has increased staffing and rented extra voting machines.

She says poll workers will be pushing paper balloting at every voting location to help control lines.

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