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Kansas Voter Registration Deadline Is October 16

Nadya Faulx
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Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day, a single day set aside for a coordinated awareness campaign to get more people registered to vote.

You can register to vote for the first time or update your current voter registration information online through the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office. To register to vote online, you must have a valid Kansas driver's license or an ID card.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says her office received nearly 600 applications this past weekend, and she expects a lot more to come. The last day to register to vote — by mail, electronically or in person — is Oct. 16.

"We expect that we’ll have thousands of registrations between now and then to process," Lehman says. "We’ve hired additional help to process those, and are getting geared up for that increase in registrations."

Applications can also be turned in by mail or in person at county election offices. Lehman says even if voters are registered, they should check their status before the registration deadline.

"You still need to double-check and make sure that your registration is up to date, that you don’t need to change your name or your address or that you haven’t had something that needs to be taken care of," she says.

You have to re-register if you want to change your party affiliation.

Early voting will begin Oct. 22. The general election is set for Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Sedgwick County has more than 297,000 registered voters, up slightly since the 2016 election.

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