Out of 2,169,470 Kansas citizens of voting age, Kansas had a record 1,812,670 registered to vote in November of 2016, meaning 83.5 percent of eligible voters registered, according to a press release from Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach. The current number of registered voters is 1,768,219 – another record for September in an odd-numbered year.
The 2016 legislature, with encouragement from Secretary 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,” Kobach said in the press release. “The move from spring to fall was done to boost turnout closer to that of even year elections.”
According to information from the Kansas Secretary of State website, of the 17,063 voters registered in McPherson County, 77.3 percent cast a ballot in the general election of 2016.
Oct. 17 is the registration deadline for the Nov. 7 general election and there are a couple of things you need to know beforehand to ensure your vote is counted.
You are eligible to register to vote if you are a U.S. citizen, a resident of the state of Kansas and at least 18 years of age as of the next election date. You must have received final discharge from imprisonment, parole or conditional release if convicted of a felony.
You can register to vote by returning a completed application to your county at least 21 days before any election. A county election officer will mail you a notice when your application has been processed. If the form is incomplete, it may be rejected.
If you are registering to vote for the first time in Kansas, you must submit proof of U.S. citizenship. Such proof can be provided on paper, electronically or by showing the document to an election officer or official registrar.
Documents accepted to prove U.S. citizenship include birth certificates, U.S. passport (even if expired), U.S. naturalization documents or the number of the certificate of naturalization, Bureau of Indian Affairs card numbesr, tribal treaty numbers or tribal enrollment numbers, U.S. hospital records of birth indicating place of birth and U.S. military records of service showing the applicant’s name and birthplace.
Updating your voting registration if you have changed your residence and/or name requires providing your current Kansas driver’s license number, nondriver’s identification card number or the last four digits of your Social Security number.
To register to vote, visit http://www.mcphersoncountyks.us/151/ClerkElections or fill out information at the McPherson County offices located at 117 N. Maple.
In this year's elections:
Canton residents will select three USD 419 school board members and two city council members.
Galva residents will select three USD 419 school board members and three city council members.
Inman residents will select three USD 448 school board members, a mayor and two city council members.
Lindsborg residents will select three USD 400 school board members, a mayor and one city council member per ward.
Marquette residents will select three USD 400 school board members, a mayor and two city council members.
McPherson residents will select three USD 418 school board members and a mayor.
Moundridge residents will select three USD 423 school board members, a mayor and two city council members.
Windom residents will select three USD 444 school board members and three city council members.
McPherson County voters who reside in Saline, Marion, Rice or Harvey County school districts can contact the appropriate county for information regarding their elections.
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