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Several election-related deadlines looming
Voter registration ends Tuesday, advance voting starts Wednesday
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Deadlines are approaching for the upcoming Nov. 7 general election. - photo by Tribune file photo

 Where can one register to vote?

According to Barton County Election Officer Donna Zimmerman, individuals may register to vote at the following locations during regular business hours:

• Barton County Clerk’s Office, Courthouse, Great Bend

• All City Clerk’s offices in Barton County

• Front Door, 1615 10th, Great Bend

• Great Bend Public Library, 1409 Williams, Great Bend

• First Kansas Bank, 101 N Main, Hoisington

• Hoisington Library, 169 S. Walnut, Hoisington

• Credit Union of America, 4708 10th, Great Bend

Persons who apply for services at voter registration agencies may register at the following locations during regular business hours:

• Kansas Department of Social & Rehabilitation Services, 1305 Patton Rd, Great Bend 

• The Center for Counseling & Consultation, 5815 Broadway, Great Bend

• Barton County Health Department, 1300 Kansas, Great Bend

• Kansas Drivers’ License Examination Department, Barton County Courthouse, 1400 Main, Room 207, Great Bend

• Rosewood Services, 384 N Washington Ave, Great Bend

• Sunflower Diversified Services Inc. 8823 4th St., Great Bend

The Nov. 7 general election is less than a month away and election officials want to remind registered Barton County voters of pending deadlines, including the Tuesday deadline to register to vote and the Wednesday start of early voting.
It will soon be time for voters to apply for advanced ballots for the city/school/hospital election, county Election Officer Donna Zimmerman said. Any registered voter may contact Zimmerman’s office either by mail, by phone or in person for an application for an advanced voting ballot, but anyone requesting an advanced ballot must first provide photo ID.
The following are the guidelines:
• Applications may also be downloaded from the Barton County website at (click: Departments>Elections>Advance Vote), she said.
• Signed applications may be delivered or mailed to the County Clerk, or faxed to 620-793-1990. Upon receipt of a qualified application, the advanced ballot will be provided.
But, Zimmerman said, an elector cannot apply for a ballot for another voter. An application for an advanced ballot for someone who is sick/disabled/illiterate may be filed during the regular advanced ballot application period until the close of polls on the day of the election.
Affidavits of Assistance forms are available to assist another elector in the application and voting processes.
• Voters can cast ballots in the County Clerk’s Office beginning Wednesday through noon on the day preceding the general election (Monday, Nov. 6).
• If returning an advanced ballot in person, the ballot must be returned to the county election officer before the close of the polls on election day. The advanced ballot may now also be delivered to the elector’s polling location.
• If returning by mail, a ballot must be postmarked on or before election day and received on or before the Friday following the election, Zimmerman said, adding this is also new this year.
• Ballots will not be counted until election day.
Zimmerman reminds voters to keep the following deadlines in mind:
• Tuesday, Oct. 17: Deadline to register to vote.
• Wednesday, Oct. 18: Early voting begins
• Tuesday, Oct. 31: (NEW) Deadline to apply for advanced ballots to be mailed.
• Monday, Nov. 6 (noon): Deadline for voters to vote advanced ballots in person in the Office of the County Clerk/Election Officer.
• Tuesday, Nov. 7: Deadline for sick/disabled/illiterate voters to apply for an advanced voting ballot.
• Tuesday, Nov. 7: (NEW) Advanced ballots must be returned to the County Clerk’s Office or polling place before 7 p.m. If returning by mail, a ballot must be postmarked by election day and received on or before the Friday following the election.