Push to get people ready for general election on National Voter Registration Day
The general election on Nov. 8 in Kansas may seem far away, but there's a push to get people registered to vote. That's because Tuesday is National Voter Registration Day.
The unofficial holiday was started in 2012 and since then, nearly 4.7 million voters have registered to vote on the holiday to date.
U.S. Census data from 2020 shows that 1 in 4 eligible Americans are not registered to vote.
In Kansas, there was a big increase in people getting registered to vote in the Kansas Primary to make their voices heard about the Value Them Both amendment.
Angela Caudillo, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner, said around 5,000 people in Sedgwick County registered to vote for the Kansas Primary.
"It was busy, but it is good to see people interested, I think people are getting more interested in the process and people want to participate, so that's always a good thing," Caudillo said.
As we look towards Nov., Caudillo is hopeful that trend continues.
"I'm really excited to see how many people get out and vote again," she said. "We did see record numbers in the primary, which was really encouraging. I think a lot of those voters will come out and vote again, so I'm just excited to see who all turns out."
If you're interested in getting registered to vote, you will need a photo ID. You can register in-person at the Sedgwick County Election Office, online or mail-in a form.
The deadline to register to vote for the general election is Oct. 18 and advanced mail-in ballots will start being sent out Oct. 19.