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Secretary of state offers last-minute advice on voting

November 3, 2008


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— Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh says if you show up to vote Tuesday, and there is some question about eligibility, you may still fill out a ballot.

"Rule No. 1, far and way above every other, is expect a ballot. Every person needs to know when they go to the polling place on Election Day they have the right to vote," Thornburgh said.

If your name isn't on the voter registration list, or you are in the wrong voting precinct, that can be settled after the election, he said.

"You can vote a provisional ballot and we will sort out the details on qualifications later," he said.

Thornburgh has predicted a record 1.36 million Kansans will vote in the election -- about 78 percent of registered voters. And three fourths of those votes will be cast ballots Tuesday.

Thornburgh urged Kansans to determine their polling place, which can be found at

People voting for the first time in a county must show identification, such as a driver's license, non-driver's ID card, bank statement, paycheck, government check, utility bill and other government documents.

He also urged voters to leave campaign buttons, pins and T-shirts at home. State law prohibits voters from displaying the name of a candidate or campaign within 250 feet of a polling place.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thornburgh said the busiest times will be from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.


Frank Smith 9 years, 4 months ago

Secretary Thornburg has actually made voting much more difficult in Kansas with his encouragement of precinct consolidation, providing money for voting machines that do not give a paper receipt, etc. It has made it particularly difficult for elderly rural voters who live at some distance from the polling places to cast a ballot. To do this, he has used HAVA which was passed not to "Help America Vote" but to enrich the manufacturers of voting machines that are prone to hacking and failure.It's legal to have a candidate's bumper sticker on your car outside a polling place, but otherwise the caution is correct.

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