Kansans Helping Sandy Victims Still Able To Vote

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Kansas Secretary of State's office worked to ensure helping east coast storm victims didn't cost Kansans their vote.

Westar Energy sent more than 40 workers to the storm-affected areas last week to assist with power restoration. The electrical workers' union, IBEW Local 304, says many more Kansas companies sent nearly 200 of their linemen as contract help.

Both say the Secretary of State's office assisted in expediting advanced voting applications for the workers and contacting counties to get the proper ballots.

The Secretary of State's office says the applications and ballots were sent to central locations and returned via overnight mail, ensuring their ballots would count.

"The Secretary of State's office was instrumental in expediting applications and working with the counties on the subsequent ballots sent for the contingent of line crews sent East by Westar," Westar's Director of Distribution Services Jim Tyler said in an email. "Their effort is greatly appreciated.