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Advance ballots are going out for Lawrence primary election; here’s what you need to know to vote early

*We are not election workers*

Early voting started Wednesday for the city primary races, and advance ballots are hitting mailboxes.

The primary will narrow the field of nine candidates for Lawrence City Commission and a dozen for Lawrence school board to six each. Those six will move on to the general election in November.

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Here are some reminders about advance voting:

Vote from your couch — request a mail ballot

You can still request a mail ballot until Tuesday, July 27. If you’re registered to vote, you can request an early ballot at ksvotes.org.

Once you request a ballot, you can track it — from when it’s expected to arrive to your mailing address to when you mail it back and it’s received by the elections office — at this link. You can sign up to get text message updates for status changes.

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.

The ballot you receive will include detailed instructions. Don’t forget to sign the envelope. 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

In-person advance voting will run through noon Monday, Aug. 2, which is the day before the primary. You will need a photo ID.

• Starting this Monday, July 19, you can vote from 8 a.m.to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the new county clerk and elections office711 W. 23rd St., No. 1 (at 23rd and Louisiana streets). You can also vote at the county clerk’s office, 1100 Massachusetts St. (the old courthouse). Both locations will close at noon Monday, Aug. 2.

• 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.

It’s too late to register to vote in the primary, but the deadline to register for the Nov. 2 general election is Oct. 12.

*We are not election workers*

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