What you need to know before you head to the polls on Tuesday

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

While early voting has officially ended, election day is now upon us. But for those who didn’t vote early, just how long will those lines be on Tuesday?

“Just shy of 80,000 people cast a ballot already in Sedgwick County so it’s hard to know if that means it’s gonna be slower tomorrow or if it’s gonna be busier tomorrow. We just don’t know,” Sedgwick County Election Commissioner, Tabitha Lehman said.

Find your polling place here

While it’s difficult to predict how long you may have to stand in line, there is a way to ensure you get in and out of the voting booth quickly.

Lehman said you can print out a sample ballot online. That way you can do your research before you even leave the house.

“You can even mark your selections on that as long as you keep that where no one can see it until you get into the voting booth then you can pull that out and use that to help you vote,” Lehman said.

Also, there are standard peak times when the polls tend to be busier— which are first thing in the morning, lunch time and right after work. 

“Make sure if you can at all, go in between those,” Lehman said.

How to get a discounted ride to the polls

Unlike early voting, on election day you have to go to your designated precinct. All you need to bring is a government issued ID, like your driver’s license. 

But you need to make sure your name and address match up with your voter info. If not, you will have to cast a provisional ballot.

“What a provisional ballot does is you complete a voter registration application. That gives us the ability to then update everything in our records to make sure during the next election you’re 

taken care of,” Lehman said.

Tuesday’s polls open in Sedgwick County at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.

If you’re in line at 7 p.m. you will be able to vote. 

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