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Where, when and how should you vote? Deadlines loom for Shawnee and Douglas County

The General Election, November 3, will take place in less than a month. In order to vote in this election, residents of the state of Kansas must be registered to vote by October 13. That is the registration deadline for voting in-person or by mail – no exceptions. Registration may be done in person, by mail, or on-line. In Kansas, voters may register or verify their registration information at the following website: myvoteinfo.voteks.org.

Andrew Howell is the Election Commissioner for Shawnee County. The purpose of Howell’s position and office is to insure honest and fair election procedures by accurately reporting the results in a timely manner. Shawnee County is the third largest county in Kansas.

“Make sure to check your voter registration so that all of the information on it is accurate, and then make sure you are registered to vote before the deadline. Of course, then make sure that you vote,” advised Howell.

Early voting will be held at the County Election Office from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., October 19-30 (Monday-Friday) and Monday, November 2, from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m. The County Election Office is located at 3420 SW Van Buren in Topeka. To reach the County Election Office for any voter information or assistance, the phone number is 785-251-8900. The website for Shawnee County voters is: www.snco.us/election.


Douglas County

“Starting October 14, Douglas County residents may vote in person at four different locations in the county,” said Douglas County Deputy of Elections Heather Dill.

The four locations in the county are at the County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts, in Lawrence; the Flory Meeting House at the fairgrounds; and a satellite office located at 2329 South Iowa, behind Texas Roadhouse. The fourth location is yet to be announced. Check the website for its location after October 4.

“The Courthouse will be open for voting; however, due to limited space available for voting, please also utilize our other locations,” stated Dill. She also recommended that if choosing to vote by mail, mailing in ballots as soon as possible and not waiting until Election Day to send them in.

“Our website, www.douglascountyks.org, is an excellent source of information for voters. Voters can register or check their voter registration information there. The site also lists in-person voting locations, or ballot boxes locations throughout the county,” said Dill.

The County Clerk serves as the Election Officer for Douglas County. The office is located at the County Courthouse in Lawrence, Kansas, 1100 Massachusetts, on the first floor, and may be reached by phone at 785-832-5267.






–Amy Buster, Metro Voice