Douglas County adds second advance voting site to help with social distancing

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The Douglas County Clerk's Office has added the office building at 2329 Iowa St., shown here on the left, as a second location for advance in-person voting.

Douglas County voters who want to cast their ballot before Election Day will have the option of using a new location for the purpose of socially distancing.

The Douglas County Clerk’s Office announced Wednesday that it has added a location for in-person advance voting at 2329 Iowa St., Suite M, a vacant office space located next to the Texas Roadhouse restaurant. The location will be the county’s second advance voting site, in addition to the traditional location at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Massachusetts St.

County Clerk Jamie Shew previously told the Journal-World that his office was working to establish another location for advance voting because of the threat of the coronavirus pandemic. He said the historic courthouse can get cramped easily, which led to a search for a location with more space to allow election workers and voters to social distance.

Shew said in a news release Wednesday that he believes the Iowa Street location, which is about 8,000 square feet, fills that need.

“The rotunda in the Courthouse is not very big, so we’ve been working on finding a location that is larger and has good parking accessibility,” Shew said in the release. “We believe this space fits our needs. We will be able to use it for training as well as elections.”

2329 Iowa St, Lawrence, KS 66046

Shew also previously told the Journal-World that about 16 traditional polling places would not be available this year because of the pandemic. He said his office recently began notifying about 20,000 voters about a change in their polling place locations.

The last day to register to vote in the Aug. 4 primary is Tuesday, July 14. Advance in-person voting for the August primary begins Wednesday, July 15, and will be open until noon Monday, Aug. 3.

The county also offers advance mail voting. Douglas County voters can request an advance mail ballot until Tuesday, July 28.

More information about voting and elections, including a full list of changes to polling places, can be found on the county’s election website, douglascountyelections.com.

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