RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
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STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Thursday, July 29, 2004

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

THORNBURGH, SCHMIDT, RAHIJA
OUTLINE FIVE STEPS FOR VOTERS

Topeka, KS – Today, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh, Johnson County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt and Wyandotte County Election Commissioner Pat Rahija outlined five easy steps for voters to remember as they go to the polls on Tuesday, August 3 for the primary election.


1. Call Ahead. Voters may contact their local county election official to find out where their polling place is located, and to make sure they are registered to vote. Kansas allows registration up to 15 days before the election for registration. Registration closed for the primary election on Monday, July 19.


2. Bring I.D. State law requires first time voters to show identification at any of the following times: at the time of registration; after registration and before Election Day; on Election Day; or after Election Day and before the county canvass. A first time voter is someone who has not previously voted in the county where registered. Acceptable forms of identification include: driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card; bank statement; paycheck; government check; utility bill; and other government documents such as Medicare and Medicaid documents, military ID, student ID or a passport.


3. Expect a Ballot. If a voter is not on the list of registered voters or forgets to bring identification, he/she can ask for a provisional ballot. Poll workers can tell him/her how to check to make sure their vote counted.

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4. Writing on the Wall. A list of voter’s rights and responsibilities will be posted at every polling place. If a voter believes his/her rights have been violated and wants to file a complaint, he/she should check with the county election official for instructions. Before they vote, voters should look for posters that explain how to use the voting equipment.


5. When in Doubt, Ask. Poll workers can answer voters’ questions before and after they visit the polls. At the polling place, poll workers can explain the process and show voters how to use the voting equipment. They will give voters provisional ballots if they need them and if a voter has gone to the wrong place, they can help them find the right place to vote.
 
 
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