New state law will allow voters to cast ballots at any polling place in county

WICHITA, Kan. Kansas Governor Laura Kelly Monday visited Wichita to ceremonially sign a bill changing state election laws. The change allows county officials to let its residents vote at any polling location within the county.

It's a change from the previous law that required voters to cast their ballots at their designated polling sites.
Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman and Sedgwick County commissioners were among those pushing for the change.

"We've created an app where you can see wait time so you can decide where you want to go vote based on how long the lines are at locations," Lehman says. "So, we're hopeful it'll help even out lines on Election Day. It'll be far more convenient for you."

Lehman says her office is still working on rules to govern how best to implement the new law.

In the November 2018 election, more than 1,100 voters went to the wrong polling site in Sedgwick County. The proposed change would alleviate that problem, Lehman says.

When county leaders discussed the possible change last December (2018), information from the National Congress of State Legislators at that time showed 13 states allowing people to vote at any location. Colorado was the first state to do this in 2004.

Kansas will join the list in 2020, meaning in this November's local election, you'll still have to go to your designated polling place.