The Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri: women building better communities.
I was inspired earlier this year by the number of women from the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri who made the trip to Jefferson City to advocate for community issues important in the Kansas City area. When we think about having a lasting impact in the Kansas City community, we must remember our role as voters too! Here’s a PSA written by Mary Melton from the Advocacy Committee with some great links and reminders.
Last year, the Advocacy Committee met with each Jackson County elected official to talk about the Junior League of Kansas City, Missouri. Time and again, we heard how important their constituents’ voice could be in their decision-making. Perhaps the easiest way to make your voice be heard is to VOTE! For those who can’t make it to the polls on Election Day, the Advocacy Committee would like to share an “Advance Voting 101”.
Advance & Absentee Voting in Kansas
Kansas residents who want to have a voice during election season, but are too busy on election day to make it to the polls or don’t like putting things off until the last minute, have the option of advance voting. There are a couple of different ways to vote in advance.
The first option is in person. Many counties will open up their local election office for people to cast their ballot in person two weeks prior to the official Election Day. In Johnson County they open the Election Office and also satellite poll locations for advance voting.
You may also request a mail in ballot from your county election office, either online, through the mail, or in person. A mail in ballot must be requested for EACH election, so if you filled in the form once, that won’t cover you for the next one. Make sure to check with your local county election office on cut-off dates and other important information regarding your preferred choice of voting method. For Johnson County residents the advance voting information can be found at this link:
Absentee Voting in Missouri
For Missouri residents, advance voting is not in practice in the state at this time, so absentee voting is the best option if you are unable to make it to the polls on election day. Find the Jackson county (outside of KC city limits) information at the link http://jcebmo.org/absentee-voting. Voters residing within Kansas City city limits should go to www.kceb.org for more information.
The Primary and General Elections for both Johnson and Jackson County are conveniently held on the same day: Tuesday, August 5th, 2014 for Primary, and Tuesday, November 4, 2014 for the General Election. Whether you head out to the polls on Election Day, utilize a satellite location, or cast your ballot through the mail, make sure you vote in your primary and general elections! Research your candidates and plan your voting method ahead of time to ensure your voice is heard.