New tool helps Kansas voters with advance voting

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) Kansas voters have a new way to request an advance ballot for the general election in November.

Secretary of State candidate Brian McClendon led the development of KSVotes.org. A website that allows voters the opportunity to change and or update registration and request an advance ballot without having to mail anything in.

The new tool can be accessed on a cellphone, IPAD or computer whenever or wherever. It will also have a Spanish feature.

Voters type in some basic information such as name, address and drivers license number and put their electronic signature.

"It allows you to vote on your time. A lot of people can't make it to the polls on that Tuesday, they are working hard, and it allows them to actually sit down on a Saturday or Sunday with voter information and make a choice that allows them to choose people over the particular party they are in," says McClendon.

He says the tool is one of the reasons he is running for Secretary of State.

"The Secretary of State's website is not easy to use, its over 10 years old. It was designed for PC, it does not work on mobile phones. I think this targets younger voters who only know how to use the mobile phone and in some cases don't use mail and don't know where the stamps are kept because they have never used them."

McClendon expects thousands of voters to use the new tool in the upcoming election. He hopes the website will encourage younger people to vote.