Kansas Voters Have Three Registration Options Ahead Of Deadline

Oct 17, 2016

The deadline to register to vote in the general election is just a day away. KMUW’s Nadya Faulx has more on how to get registered if you’re not already.

Kansans have until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday to register to vote in next month’s election.

Recent court cases mean people who register at the DMV or using a federal form don’t have to provide proof of citizenship.

But, explains Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman, "at this point we only know that to be working for this election.

“We don’t know the outcome of court cases after this election, so [the federal form] may get them registered for this election, but they may not be eligible to vote on state and local things after this election," she says. "So they need to be aware of that.”

People can also register using a state form, which does require that voters prove their citizenship in order to vote on Nov. 8.

Lehman says her office can help residents figure out their registration status, and assist them with registration before Tuesday’s deadline. State and federal forms are available at the Sedgick County Elections office.

There were just under 290,000 registered voters in Sedgwick County as of early Friday, according to Lehman. She says her office is getting about 1,000 registrations each day--less than she had been anticipating.

"Our registration numbers are definitely up, and we are definitely seeing an increase in registration, but just not as much as I expected to see," she says.

There are about 1.8 million registered voters statewide, according to information from the Kansas secretary of state's office.

Oct. 18 is also the deadline for people who are already registered to vote to update their information if their name or address has changed since the last election.

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