Tuesday, July 14, is the deadline to register to vote in the Kansas Primary. Normally, when election time comes around, the only decision is who to vote for. But this time, thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have another factor to seriously consider: how to vote.
The options are: you can vote in-person, either at one of several location when early voting starts or at your designated polling place on Election Day. Or, you can vote in advance by mail.
For this last option, you'll need to request an advance mail-in ballot. You likely already got something in the mail from the Sedgwick County Election Office that will help you do just that. But if not, you can find the application at sedgwickcounty.org/elections. Just keep in mind that July 28 is the last day that advance ballot applications can be accepted for the Primary.
Okay, now that we have that figured out, it's time to think about the candidates.
A quick search through the events section of Facebook yields several virtual Q&A's with candidates, organization meetings, digital policy talks, and election-related conversations.
For instance, the League of Women Voters Wichita Metro is hosting a live, digital conversation with Lt. Gov. Lynn Rogers on the importance of rural voting, tonight at 6 p.m. on Facebook and YouTube.
Personally, I recommend finding your sample ballot and using it like a study guide. Again, you can do this on the Sedgwick County Election Office's website.
And here are some virtual events to check out:
Sedgwick County Democratic Women's July Virtual Meeting
6:30 pm. on July 9
Republican Women United (Sedgwick County) July 2020 Meeting
9:30 a.m. on July 11
Q&A Discussion with Stephanie Yeager, Kansas Hour District 96
2 p.m. on July 11
Kansas Sierra Club's Meet the Candidates
6:30 p.m. on July 18
Know Your Candidates: Sedgwick County Commission Election
7 p.m. on July 21
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