Anyone hoping to vote Aug. 1 in this year's primary election for national, state and county offices must register today.
Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes said her main office in the county courthouse, 1100 Mass., will stay open until 9 p.m. to accommodate procrastinators.
"For the other areas that take voter registration, their deadline is their close of business," Jaimes said. "The form has to be in our office by 9 o'clock (Monday) evening. People also sometimes forget that even though they may have registered in the past, if they have moved, the law requires them to re-register."
The clerk's office will open at 8 a.m. today as usual.
Jaimes said the entire registration process takes less than two minutes, and her office has had fairly steady work processing applications in the last week.
Anyone who wants to change their party affiliation between the major parties also needs to register today.
"If they are unaffiliated, they can go to the polls on election day and declare their party then," Jaimes said.
After tonight's deadline, registration will be closed until Aug. 2, when people eligible to vote can begin to register for November's general election.
For those who want to register in Lawrence, there are eight locations to register outside of the courthouse:
- Lawrence City Clerk, 6 East Sixth.
- Independence, Inc., 2001 Haskell Ave.
- KinderCare Learning Center, 2333 Crestline Drive.
- Douglas County Health Dept., 336 Mo.
- Veteran's Affairs Office, 745 Vt.
- Social Rehabilitation Services office, 1901 Del.
- Audio-Reader Network, Kansas University campus.
- Cottonwood, Inc., 2801 W 31st.
In Baldwin, registration outposts have been set up at the city hall and the Baldwin Ledger offices. The Eudora City Hall and the Eudora Public Library offer registration services as well. In Lecompton, the city clerk's office and Kroeger's Country Store allow voters to register for the primary.
To find an online registration form and other voting information for Douglas County, visit www.douglas-county.com/voteapp1.htm