Archive for Thursday, July 29, 2010

Push is on for participation in primary

July 29, 2010

With local, state and national offices up for consideration, candidates and election officials are hoping voters participate in this year’s primary election, either by advance voting or by visiting the polls on Election Day.

Local voters must decide between two or more candidates in both parties for several offices. The only statewide race that does not have a primary of any sort is for state treasurer.

The Wyandotte County Election office is reminding voters that in addition to voting at their local polling place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, they have two advance voting options.

Advance voting may be done in person at the Wyandotte County Election Office, 840 State Ave. Voters can cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, until noon Monday, Aug. 2, when advance voting will close. Voters simply fill out a short form with their name, address and registered party, which poll workers verify, before voting.

Advance voting by mail also is available for those who can fax or deliver their advance ballot application to the election office by 5 p.m. Friday. Applications are available online at voteks.org. Once the voter has received the advance ballot in the mail, it must be received at the election office by 7 p.m. Tuesday to be counted.

There are three statewide races that require primaries for Democrats. On the Republican side of the ledger, six statewide races will be decided Tuesday.

In the race for U.S. Senate, Democrats will choose from Robert A. Conroy of Shawnee, David Haley of Kansas City, Kan., Lisa Johnston of Overland Park, Charles Schollenberger of Prairie Village and Patrick Wiesner of Lawrence.

Meanwhile, Republicans will narrow the Senate field of Tom Little of Mound City, Robert Londerholm of Overland Park, Jerry Moran of Hays and Todd Tiahrt of Goddard.

Democrats don’t have to narrow candidates for governor and lieutenant governor, but Republicans must choose between Sam Brownback and running mate Jeff Colyer of Topeka, and Joan Heffington and Mark Holick of Derby.

For secretary of state, Democrats will choose between incumbent Chris Biggs of Junction City and Chris Steineger of Kansas City, Kan. Republicans have three options: J.R. Claeys of Salina, Elizabeth Ensley of Topeka, and Kris Kobach of Piper.

There isn’t a Democratic primary in the race for attorney general, but Republicans will decide between Ralph J. De Zago of Herington and Derek Schmidt of Independence.

There will be no narrowing of the field for state treasurer, but for commissioner of insurance, Republicans will choose between incumbent Sandy Praeger of Lawrence and David Powell of El Dorado.

Wyandotte County is in the 3rd District Congress, and there are primaries in both parties for the race. Democrats will choose either Stephene Moore, Lenexa, or Thomas Scherer, Prairie Village, to move on as the party’s nominee in the November general election.

Republicans have a much larger field to choose from with nine candidates seeking the 3rd District congressional seat. They are Dan Gilyeat of Kansas City, Kan.; Dave King of Leawood; Garry R. Klotz of Lenexa; Patricia Lightner of Olathe; Jerry M. Malone of Leawood; and Craig McPherson, John Timothy Rysavy (Rez), Jean Ann Uvodich and Kevin Yoder, all of Overland Park.

On Tuesday, Primary Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Polling places in Bonner Springs and Edwardsville include:

• Bonner Springs City Library, 201 N. Nettleton Ave.

• Bonner Springs High School, 100 McDanield St.

• Bonner Springs Church of the Nazarene, 742 N. Nettleton Ave.

• Super 8 Conference Center, 13041 Ridge Ave.

• Edwardsville Community Center, 696 S. 3rd St.

Call the Wyandotte County Election Office at (913) 573-8500 for the ward and precinct in which you are eligible to vote.

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