Area voters in Kansas will be left out of convenient new election rules

April 17, 2019 - 6:19 am

Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly has signed a bill to make voting more convenient by allowing voters to cast  ballots at any polling place in their county, but it won't be an option in Johnson County.

The new law presents a number of problems, said Ronnie Metsker, Johnson County election commissioner.

"The first problem is just the sheer volume that Johnson County has," Metsker said. "No other county in the state of Kansas has 419,000 registered voters."

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Allowing voters to cast ballots at any polling place would create a logistical nightmare, Metsker said. The commissioner would also be worried about keeping voter information secure.

"Everyone is concerned about having adequate security on our election process, but with technology, the way it is today, it's simply not possible to do that," Metsker said.

The new law allows counties to opt in, so Johnson County has chosen not to participate.

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