WICHITA, Kan. — Sue Pearce takes her civic duty of voting very seriously.
"I'm on the other side of sixty and I've never missed a vote," Pearce said. "I've never missed an election, be it primary or general election."
And this year, she wasn't going to let an upcoming out-of-the-country safari break her record. She came to vote in advance today.
"I love it, it makes it a lot easier, especially for those of us who work a lot of hours," Pearce said. "We can come down, get voted, and head home."
The option not only allows voters to bypass some of the lines that come with election day, but it's also easier on the election office. Each person that votes early is one less ballot they have to count on the busy election night.
"We begin processing those when they come back in the door," Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said. "And so if you vote early, your votes are going to be the first ones posted to our site on election night."
Any registered voter in Sedgwick County can vote early. The election office downtown is the only one currently operating, but starting Thursday, July 31, fifteen satellite sites around the county will be open. A link is provided below that will show the location and hours of all advance election sites.
You can still apply for and receive a ballot by mail, those will continue to be sent out up until the Friday before the election, and then you need to have them back by 7 pm election night.