The Kansan - Newton, KS
  • Advanced voting starts next week

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  • Although it's now too late to register to vote in the upcoming primary, those that have registered can begin advanced voting early next week.
    This Tuesday was the last day to register to vote for the primary election; you can no longer make name or address changes. Republicans and Democrats can't switch parties, but unaffiliated voters still can declare a party now or at the polls, said Rick Piepho, election clerk/deputy county clerk.
    There are three ways to vote in the primary: by mail, in advance or on election day.
    Advanced voting begins July 22 in the basement of the courthouse. Voting takes place every day from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with Saturday voting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Aug. 2. Advance voting closes at noon Aug. 4 to prepare for the official election day Aug. 5. A required public testing of voting equipment will take place at 10 a.m. July 29.
    There is one poll site change this year. The poll site at First Christian Church in Newton has been closed; voters will now go a block west to an existing site at Salem United Methodist Church.
    "We had two poll sites that were a block apart, and it seemed financially more responsible to combine them," said Joyce Truskett, Harvey County clerk.
    The department has additional voting machines and electronic poll books this year, as well as new signage to identify poll sites. The county's Road and Bridge department will deliver the voting equipment. Although the county now has its own trailer, Truskett thanked local business Patriot Pawn for volunteering the use of their trailer in the past.
    Truskett said she is anticipating a good turnout at the polls this year. The race for state representative, 72nd District, likely will result in a higher turnout than normal in the primary.
    "Hopefully people will actually get out and vote," she said.
    Elections staff remind voters to bring a photo ID to the polls. If you have received notification about incomplete registration, make sure to contact the clerk's office, along with any other questions.
    The website www.hvcoksvote.com also has information on Harvey County voting. Results from the election will be posted online, or come to courthouse community room to watch results on election night. Updates also will be posted on Twitter and Facebook. Visit www.voteks.org for more voting information.
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