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Kansas law gives counties new options for polling sites

April 18, 2019 - 12:25 am

A new law gives Kansas counties the option of letting voters cast ballots at any polling site within their county.

But election officials say spotty internet service and aging voting equipment will mean that many counties can't immediately take advantage of the new flexibility.

Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly signed a bill this week that gives local election officials discretion to allow voters to cast ballots at any county polling place, rather than only at an assigned polling site.

Some rural counties have remote voting sites and some still rely primarily on paper ballots. Counties with old equipment might not be able to offer different ballots tailored to local races at all locations.

It is unclear how many counties will take advantage of the new law.

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