Early voting saves time at the polls

SHAWNEE COUNTY, Kan. – (KSNT) It’s not just for those headed on vacation.

Early voting is often thought to be for extreme circumstance situations, like deployments.

Andrew Howell, Shawnee County election commissioner, says that’s not the case – “you know if you’re not sure if you might be out of town on the day of the election…if your schedules not as clear as you’d like to be, go ahead and get it out of the way early.”

The Shawnee County Election office is operating on an extended schedule until August 1 at noon, accepting voters from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m each day.

Howell says they’ve since around 1,000 voters cast early ballots since the polls opened for advance voting, July 18.

Riley County voters can vote from 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. through July 29.

Geary County voting hours follow the same schedule as Shawnee County.

Voters in Lyon County can vote from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

For voters in Shawnee County, Howell says the primary election is allowing them to test out new electronic voting equipment.

The county is the first in the state to receive the machines.

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