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ASK JODIE: Not registered yet? You have until Tuesday to get on county’s voter roll

By JODIE GARCIA, Ask Jodie | 7/9/2014

QUESTION: I live in Franklin County and want to vote in the Aug. 5 primary elections, but I haven’t registered yet. Am I too late?

ANSWER: You still have time, but not much. The deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 5 elections is Tuesday, July 15, Janet Paddock, Franklin County clerk, told me Wednesday.

QUESTION: I live in Franklin County and want to vote in the Aug. 5 primary elections, but I haven’t registered yet. Am I too late?

ANSWER: You still have time, but not much. The deadline to register to vote in the Aug. 5 elections is Tuesday, July 15, Janet Paddock, Franklin County clerk, told me Wednesday.

An important detail to consider: when registering for the first time in Kansas, you must submit proof of U.S. citizenship with your application. This could include a U.S. birth certificate, passport or naturalization certificate (for a complete list, check out www.gotvoterid.com). Photocopies of these documents are fine to submit, Paddock said.

Paddock said the citizenship document needs to be submitted only once upon registration, and it is not necessary when a registered voter has a change in name, address or party affiliation (though a new registration must be completed in those instances).

A link to a printable Kansas Voter Registration application and instructions can be found under “County Clerk & Elections” on the county’s website, www.franklincoks.org, as well as through Kansas Secretary of State’s website at www.sos.ks.gov

Completed applications for Franklin County residents may be mailed or dropped off at the clerk’s office, 315 S. Main St. You can also register online through the above Web sites.

Some of the contested races on which Franklin County residents may vote include county commissioner, county sheriff, state representative and U.S. Senate elections.

Have a question about your community? Ask Jodie Garcia at askjodie@ottawaherald.com or call (785) 242-4700.

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