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Shawnee Co. Elections Office extends voting hours

Shawnee County Election Office holds advance voting before Election Day. (July 28, 2020)
Shawnee County Election Office holds advance voting before Election Day. (July 28, 2020)(Production Control | Joseph Hennessy)
Published: Oct. 26, 2020 at 1:30 PM CDT
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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The Shawnee County Elections Office is extending their voting hours this week.

From 8 A.M. to 7 P.M., you can head to the Shawnee County Elections Office at 3420 SW Van Buren and cast your ballot.

Election commissioner Andrew Howell says the Elections Office has over 1,700 people per day voting in person and about 9,100 people came through in-person in the first week.

Howell says this year’s general election has brought on a drastic increase in advance voting and expects the traffic to pick up as Election Day approaches.

“I do expect heavier traffic on Friday and then probably again Monday," Howell said. “So, you may want to avoid Friday and Monday if at all possible. Probably, the bigger new thing for us this year is just the trailers and the schedules for the people who want to drop their ballots, we haven’t done that before.”

"So, its taking a little additional staff and a little time and effort, but we’re happy to do it,” he added.

The last day to request an advance mail-in ballot is Tuesday, October 27.

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