Tuesday is the final day to request advance mail ballot for general election
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Douglas County voters hoping to vote by mail have one day left to request a ballot.
The deadline to request an advance mail ballot for the Nov. 3 general election is Tuesday, according to the Douglas County Clerk’s Office. Along with the races for the U.S. presidency and Congress, voters will have a say in the races for state and county seats too.
To vote by mail, a registered voter must fill out an application, which is listed on the county’s election website, douglascountyelections.com. Voters may also request an advance ballot through an online form on the state’s website, ksvotes.org.
To be counted, advance mail ballots must be postmarked by Nov. 3. An advance mail ballot also requires the voter to provide a signature on the return envelope. County Clerk Jamie Shew previously said the county would reach out to voters who did not sign their ballots to try to confirm they voted.
Because of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the county has seen a massive increase in voters choosing to cast their ballots through the mail. Shew’s office announced on social media that the county sent out a record of more than 29,000 mail ballots on the first day of early voting, which was Oct. 14.
Those who request a ballot may track its location in the mail through the county’s Ballot Scout tool, which is also provided through the county’s election website. Mail ballots may also be returned by hand at several drop-off locations:
• Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St.
• Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2120 Harper St.
• Douglas County Human Services Building, 2518 Ridge Court
• South Iowa Satellite Office, 2329 S. Iowa St, Ste. M
• Treasurer’s South Satellite Office, 2000 W. 31st St., Ste. B
• Golf Course Superintendents Headquarters, 1421 Research Park Drive
• Theatre Lawrence, 4660 Bauer Farm Drive
• Baldwin City City Hall, 803 Eighth St., Baldwin City
• Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St., Eudora
• Lecompton City Hall, 327 Elmore St., Lecompton
To help voters sift through misinformation, Shew previously answered Journal-World reader questions about the election. More information about the election can be found on the Journal-World website, ljworld.com/2020-election.