Sedgwick County prepares for in-person voting for 2020 primary election

Published: Jul. 15, 2020 at 9:52 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - Sedgwick County will open 84 polling locations for the primary election on Aug. 4.

The county is expecting a strong voter turnout during early voting and the day of the primary election.

The county said that the voting process will be as close to touchless as possible and professional cleaning services will be cleaning polling places on the primary election day.

Election workers will wear personal protective equipment. Voters, as always will need to bring their photo ID, Masks and gloves will also be available at polling sites, along with hand sanitizer stations.

In an effort to limit equipment use, voters will get a take-home stylus pen that they will use to sign the poll book.

“They will get a voting implement like a q-tip that is disposable. That’s what they’ll use to vote on the machines themselves,” Sedgwick County Deputy Election Commissioner Melissa Schnieders said.

She said declaring winners in the primary election will also look different for voters this year.

“Because we can still open advance ballots by mail on Wednesday and Thursday and into Friday, as long as they’ve been postmarked by 7 p.m. on Election Day,” Schnieders said.

If you were one of around 50,000 people in Sedgwick County who received a mail-in ballot, it's time to turn that in as well.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said it may be too late to send it through the mail, but you can drop it off at the Election Office today (Monday, August 3) or on Election Day at any polling place.

If you choose to mail it, it must be postmarked by Election Day and it must arrive by Friday (August 7) in order to be counted.

Lehman said this election has been more time-consuming because of the number of mail-in ballots.

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