Our democracy only works if people take the time to vote, and that process for the April 7 municipal primary started this week.
Those wanting to vote absentee can do so at the Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners’ main administrative office in Suite 2800 in Union Station, 30 W. Pershing Road. Kansas City has 202,613 registered voters.
Absentee voting runs through April 6. Those eligible to vote absentee are people who will be away from the area on Election Day, are incapacitated or confined because of illness or physical disability or are caring for an incapacitated person, are restricted by religious belief or practice, are employed by an election authority or are incarcerated but have retained all voting qualifications.
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The deadline for military and overseas ballots to be returned is at noon on April 10. Domestic ballots cast by mail must be received by the election board by 7 p.m. April 7,
The municipal primary ballot will include the names of candidates running for mayor and City Council seats. People also will vote on school board seats in the Hickman Mills, Raytown and Lee’s Summit school districts.
Questions on the ballot will be from Kansas City and the Lee’s Summit and Independence school districts. Polls will open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on April 7.
The general election will be on June 23, with the new members of the Kansas City Council and mayor taking office Aug. 1.
For more information, call 816-842-4820 or go to https://www.kceb.org/.