WICHITA — On National Voter Registration Day, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach emphasized the importance of municipal elections. The 2016 legislature, with encouragement from Kobach, moved spring municipal elections to the fall. The 2017 election cycle is the first to have fall municipal elections.

“Municipal elections tend to have lower voter turnout,” said Kobach. “The move from spring to fall was done to boost turnout closer to that of even year elections.”

Out of 2,169,470 Kansas citizens of voting age, Kansas had a record 1,812,670 registered to vote in November of 2016, or 83.5 percent of eligible voters registered.

Beginning this year, municipal, or local, elections have been moved to the fall. Municipal elections include candidates for city, school and community college districts. General Election Day is Nov. 7. The last day to register to vote is Oct. 17 and advance ballots will be mailed Oct. 18. In-person early voting may begin as early as Oct. 18 and no later than Oct. 31.

To register to vote in Kansas visit your county election office, the Kansas Secretary of State’s office, or register online at: https://www.kdor.ks.gov/Apps/VoterReg. To verify voter information, find your polling place, or find a sample ballot visit the county election office or go online here: https://myvoteinfo.voteks.org.