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Tuesday is the last day to register to vote in the primary election; do it from your phone in about 5 minutes

*We are not election workers*

This Tuesday, July 13 is your last chance to register if you want to vote in the city primary election, which is Tuesday, Aug. 3.

In case you’ve missed it, Lawrence voters will pick the top six candidates for Lawrence City Commission and the Lawrence school board. They’ll move on to the November general election. Get up to speed and meet the candidates at this link.

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Register to vote

You can register to vote online from any smartphone, tablet or computer with internet access in about five minutes at ksvotes.org. You do not need a Kansas driver’s license or ID to register there.

If you think you’re registered but you’re not sure, you can double-check, too. You can also change your party affiliation, though none of the city races are partisan.

In Kansas, people who have been charged and/or convicted of misdemeanors may vote. People who have been charged but not convicted of felonies retain the right to vote.

People who have been convicted of felonies and lost their voting rights but completed any sentence and post-release supervision periods may reregister. However, it is a felony to vote if your voting rights are currently revoked. Here’s more info from the Kansas secretary of state’s office.

For other options to register to vote in Douglas County, visit this page.

Vote early by mail

Want to vote on your own schedule? Advance voting begins Wednesday, July 14.

If you want to request an advance ballot to be mailed to you, you can do that at ksvotes.org, also. No ID is required. The last day to request a ballot to be mailed to you is Tuesday, July 27.

The county pays for the postage to send your ballot back. You can also drop it in a dropbox at one of the two election offices at the advance voting sites shown below. Mail ballots must be postmarked on or before Election Day, Tuesday, Aug 3.

People who have permanent illnesses or disabilities may apply for permanent advance voting status. More information about that is available on the county’s website at this link.

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Vote early in person

Starting this Wednesday, July 14, you can also vote early in person. In-person advance voting will run through noon Monday, Aug. 2, which is the day before the primary.

Here’s the schedule for Douglas County voting sites (from the county’s website; map below):

• Starting Wednesday: Vote from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the county clerk’s office, 1100 Massachusetts St. (the old courthouse) until noon Monday, Aug. 2

• Starting Monday, July 19: Vote from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the new county clerk and elections office, 711 W. 23rd St., No. 1 (at 23rd and Louisiana streets)

• Weekend in-person early voting: Vote from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, July 31 at the courthouse (1100 Massachusetts St.) or at the new elections office (23rd and Louisiana).

Regular polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 3. Douglas County residents can check their registration and find their Election Day polling place at this link.

*We are not election workers*

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