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COVID-19 ELECTION ADVISORY

Due to enhanced COVID-19 safety precautions and historically high advance voting numbers, election returns may be slightly delayed on the evening of the primary election (August 4).

By 5:00 p.m. on each of the three consecutive days following the August 4 primary election, the Office of Secretary of State will publish updated election results via media advisories and on its website - sos.ks.gov. County election offices will provide the Office of Secretary of State with updated results to account for advance by mail ballots postmarked on or before election day.

Election results are considered unofficial until local and state election boards certify the election after all ballots have been counted – including provisional ballots and advance by mail ballots postmarked on or before election day and received in their local election office by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2020.

2020 Primary Election – Tuesday, August 4, 2020

Voters have multiple options for how to cast their ballot in the 2020 election. This includes voting in-person on election day, advance in-person voting, and advance by mail ballots.

To help ensure the protection of voters and election workers, our office has received and allocated over $4 million in federal funding to assist Kansas with election-related expenditures resulting from COVID-19. These funds have been used to reimburse counties for unexpected election expenses related to COVID-19 and to secure personal protection equipment kits, plexiglass shields, and disposable stylus pens for all Kansas polling places. Polling location guides have been updated to provide for greater distances between voting booths, allow increased distance between voters and election workers, ensure sanitation of voting equipment and technology after each use, and more.

NOTICE: No individual, who is otherwise qualified to vote, shall be turned away from a polling location for wearing or not wearing a mask. The Office of Secretary of State encourages all Kansans to be safe and follow the recommended safety protocols of health professionals.

NOTICE: State law requires Kansas voters to show photographic identification when casting a vote in person. However, pursuant to EO 20-55, voters may use driver’s licenses or identification cards that have expired between March 12, 2020 and September 15, 2020 in both the 2020 primary and general election.