The 2019 local elections are three weeks away and the Ford County Clerk's Office is now accepting applications for advance ballots.

According to Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox, ballots will be mailed out Oct. 16 for the Nov. 5 general election.

"In order to have a ballot mailed to you, you must fill out an application for ballot by mail," Cox said in a news release.

The application can be downloaded at fordcounty.net or by calling the clerk's office at 620-227-4551 to ask for the application by mail.

"If you have a disability and cannot get out to vote on Election Day, you may be placed on a permanent mail ballot list," Cox said. "Please ask for a permanent application when calling."

Completed applications need to be returned to the clerk’s office with the deadline for ballots to be mailed out being Oct. 29.

Starting Thursday, Oct. 17, in-office advance voting will begin in the Ford County Clerk's Office with office hours being from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

In-office advance voting will run through noon Monday, Nov. 4.

There will be evening voting hours from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.

The lone Saturday advance voting will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 2.

Tuesday, Oct. 15, will be the last day to register to vote for this election.

According to Cox, if anyone has moved or changed their name, they must re-register 21 days before the election.

A voter registration card can be downloaded at the fordcounty.net site, through the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office or through the Ford County Clerk's Office and have a registration card mailed out.

To check on your voter registration, call 620-227-4551.

Dodge City Public Transit will provide free bus rides to the polls and to early voting on all of the fix routes Thursday, Oct. 17, during its service hours.

For para-transit, door-to-door service for those with a permanent or temporary disability, call 877-323-3626 24 hours in advance.

Buses do not run on the weekends.

 

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