Advanced voting in person is underway now at the Finney County clerk’s office for those who want to cast their ballot now instead of waiting for Tuesday’s Election Day.
On Nov. 7, voters will decide who sits on the Garden City Commission, Holcomb City Council, the boards of education for USD 457 Garden City and USD 363 Holcomb, and the Garden City Community College Board of Trustees. There is also a countywide sales tax ballot question, and an additional two ballot issues for Holcomb school district voters to consider.
This is the first year that local city and school elections are being held in the fall. Previously, those elections were held in April but the state legislature decided in 2015 to move them to November in odd numbered years.
Advance voting by mail began Oct. 18, (20 days prior to election), and in person advance voting started Oct. 31 in the county clerk’s office, 311 N. Ninth St., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and is available until noon on Monday, Nov. 6.
Registered voters interested in advanced voting by mail may receive an advance ballot by request. Advanced Voting by Mail Applications must be received
by the Finney County Clerk’s Office before 5 p.m. Friday. An application is good for one election. You must apply each election, unless you have applied for permanent advance voting status.
The ballot must be returned either by mail or hand delivered to the County Clerk’s Office. For the vote to count, the ballot must be received no later than 7 p.m. on Election Day. The clerk does not accept ballots with a postmarked date. No exceptions will be made.
Military personnel stationed within the United States or overseas may request a ballot be mailed to them. Non-military Kansas citizens visiting oversees may also request a ballot. A FPCA Registration and Absentee Ballot Request must be completed and returned to the County Clerk.
On Election Day, Nov. 7, polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Garden City Commission
There are seven people running for three available seats. They include incumbent Melvin Dale, Keith Collins, John Hahn, Lyndsay Byrnes, Pedro Rodriguez, Troy Unruh, and Chris Hamlin. Those who finish with the three highest vote totals will be elected.
USD 457 Board of Education
Three seats are available. Incumbents Jean Clifford and Lara Bors are seeking reelection, and are challenged by Tim Hanigan, Alex Wallace and Jeff Sims.
GCCC Board of Trustees
Five people are running for three available positions on the Board of Trustees. They include incumbents Merilyn Douglass, Melvin Neufeld and Blake Wasinger, joined on the ballot by David Rupp and Leonard Hitz.
Holcomb City Council
Three seats are available but only two are on the ballot including Ron Schreibvogel, an incumbent, and Sam Mesa.
USD 363 Holcomb Board of Education
Those who filed included Jill George, incumbent position 4; Kasey Robinson, incumbent position 5; and Matthew Jones and Cody Douglas filed for position 6.
In addition to city and school board elections, voters will also sound off on several ballot issues.
All voters in Finney County will see a countywide sales tax proposal on their ballot. The question seeks voter approval of a .30 percent (3/10ths of a cent) sales tax to fund improvements to Jennie Barker Road between Schulman Avenue and K-156, the construction of a third fire station, the construction of an indoor gun range, and improvements at Lee Richardson Zoo to include a new Animal Health facility, a new primate exhibit, and a new flamingo exhibit.
There are also two additional ballot questions for voters who reside in the Holcomb school district.
The first question asks whether USD 363 should issue up to $4.04 million in general obligation bonds to renovate and improve district facilities, including remodeling security offices and security cameras in district buildings, building a storm shelter at Holcomb Elementary School, and a wrestling room/storm shelter at Holcomb High School; to upgrade HVAC systems in district buildings; and make plumbing, ADA and door improvements at the elementary school.
The second question asks voters to approve up to $3.46 million in general obligation bonds to build locker rooms, concession and restrooms, instructional and activities practice area, practice area improvements and site upgrades at Holcomb High School.
Contact the clerk’s office at (620) 272-3524 for more information about any election questions.