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A message from the Douglas County Clerk, Jamie Shew:

Looking ahead to Tuesday, it appears there may be another snowstorm that could hit on Monday or even Tuesday. Our office is preparing emergency plans for Election Day. There is no provision in state law for postponing Election Day, our office does have plans for these type of situations and will be reviewing them today. As mentioned, there is no provision to postpone an election even if there is a declared state of emergency. We have plans in place that include utilizing area law enforcement for transportation and in extreme cases I can ask for National Guard assistance. We will do everything possible to make sure all polling places are open and ready all day on Tuesday but may have to adjust based off of the weather, etc. Our office is currently working on our staffing and transportation plans for each polling place.

Our best tool right now is to encourage early advance voting. Currently, anyone can vote at the courthouse until 5 p.m. today, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. tomorrow, and 8 a.m.-Noon on Monday. We are considering extending advance voting with more hours on the weekend, possibly on Sunday and will make the announcement later today. We can’t extend in-person advance voting past noon on Monday by KS statute. By law, mail ballot applications have to be received today. If anyone want a mail ballot, they have to fill out the application and send it to us either as a scanned PDF or fax 832-5192. The applications can be found on our website: www.douglascountyelections.com.





Jamie Shew, Douglas County Clerk

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