Gov. Kelly promotes safe voting ahead of Nov. election

Gov. Laura Kelly COVID-19 news conference
Gov. Laura Kelly COVID-19 news conference
Published: Aug. 31, 2020 at 1:33 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW/KWCH) - Gov. Laura Kelly promoted what she called safe voting options ahead of the general election.

The governor said she sat down with the Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab to discuss strategies for safe voting practices. She commended him and his office for overseeing the primaries and said he made sure local election offices had what they needed to remain safe and secure voting.

Given the record number of absentee ballots that were requested and returned during the primary, Sec. Schwabe is providing each county with two additional drop boxes ahead of Nov. 3 election. Gov. Kelly said she also directed her Office of Recovery to send a letter to county commissioners to notify them that CARES funding can be used to increase the number of local ballot drop boxes.

“Adding more ballot drop boxes will not only lessen the public health risk that comes with standing in long lines at polling places, but by seeing sending fewer ballots through the mail will also lessen the burden on the burden on the United States Post Office,” said Gov. Kelly.

The governor said ballot boxes have been used for years and she was unaware of any fraud associated with their use.

“I’ve learned to never be surprised if there are legal challenges to actions like this that are really meant to give Kansan and opportunity to exercise a constitutional right in a very safe manner,” said Gov. Kelly.

The governor said as Election Day nears she and her administration will “support Kansans in any way we can to exercise their right to vote and do so safely.”

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