Residents around the county will vote this week and Tuesday for politicians who serve them in their hometowns: city council members, mayors, school board members.
The county’s cities have more than 30 contested races, including an at-large seat on the Shawnee Mission school board, Johnson County Community College trustees, Roeland Park mayor and council races in some of the county’s largest cities.
Continuing our area’s quality of life, fiscal accountability, the role of tax incentives and improving communication with constituents are some of the recurring themes in city races this year.
Candidates for the Shawnee Mission school board, the community college board of trustees and Roeland Park mayor see this as a critical moment. Budget cutbacks are a concern for the schools and the loss of Wal-Mart is an issue of significant importance in Roeland Park. And in Shawnee, tensions on the city council are fueling the election campaign fires.
In our spring election guide, 913 has stories, biographies and photos for races with larger constituencies. For others, we have photos, biographies and a quote from the candidates as reported by Jennifer Bhargava and Jonathan Bender. Not all candidates chose to participate. Lake Quivira, for example, has a contested council race but the three candidates chose not to answer The Star’s questions.
In-person advance voting began Tuesday at the Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road in Olathe for Tuesday’s spring election.
Advance voting hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. through Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. In-person advance voting closes at noon Monday.
To vote by mail, complete an application and fax to 913-791-8931, 913-791-8932 or 913-791-8933 or mail it to Johnson County Election Office, 2101 E. Kansas City Road, Olathe, KS 66061. Applications are available online at jocoelection.org and at the election office and libraries. The application must be received at the election office before 5 p.m. Friday.
Election Day polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Visit www.joco913.com for results Tuesday evening.
If you do not provide a citizenship document when you complete your voter registration application, you must submit it to the county election office. You may submit it by mail, hand delivery, fax or email.
You must present a government-issued photo ID each time you vote in Kansas. Valid ID includes your driver’s license, non-driver ID card, U.S. passport or Kansas college ID.
Visit http://www.gotvoterid.com/ for a full list and more information.
Check your voter registration and polling place and view your sample ballot at www.jocoelection.org.>