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2015 USD 464 MAIL BALLOT ELECTION CALENDAR
June 1 Last day to register to automatically receive a ballot
June 9 Last day to apply for an advance ballot
June 9 Last day to register to vote
June 10 Ballots delivered to electors by postal carriers
June 26 Last day to mail replacement ballots
June 30 ELECTION DAY- NOON DEADLINE
BALLOTS MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE ELECTION OFFICE BY NOON
July 6 County Canvass to certify election results

NEWS RELEASE

MAIL BALLOT ELECTION
USD 464
Election Day, June 30, 2015

Leavenworth County Election Office will be conducting a mail ballot election for the Unified School District 464. The following are some questions and answers you may have.

1. What is a mail ballot election?

Kansas law has allowed local governing bodies to conduct special question submitted elections by all-mail balloting since 1983. Mail ballot elections may not be used to elect officers; only for question submitted elections. The county election officer must submit a written plan for the mail ballot election to the Secretary of State, who must grant written approval before the election is conducted. The county election officer will mail an official ballot to each elector entitled to vote in the election.

2. Why is the Unified School District 464 holding a mail ballot election?

The maximum Local Option Budget authorized for 2015-2016 is 33%, however in order to access the additional 3% (30%-33%), a vote to increase the Local Option Budget must be held and approved by the patrons of the district. The vote must occur by mail ballot election.

3. What are some of the key differences between a mail ballot election and a polling place election?

In a mail ballot election every active registered voter will receive their ballot in the mail. Postage will be prepaid on the return identification envelope. No polling places will be open on Election Day.

4. When can I expect to receive my ballot in the mail?

The last day to register to vote to automatically receive a ballot is 30 days prior to Election Day, or June 1. If you are registered by June 1st, expect to receive your ballot on Wednesday or Thursday, June 10th or 11th. If you believe you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot, call the election office at 913-684-0419 or 913-684-0422 to check the status of your registration.

5. When is the deadline my ballot needs to be returned to the county election office?

Your ballot must be received in the election office no later than noon on Election Day, June 30, 2015.

6. Do I have to vote in this mail ballot election?

No. You can choose not to return your ballot to the county election office. Your name will NOT be removed from the voter registration rolls. You will still be a registered voter in Leavenworth County.

7. I have moved and/or changed my name; will I still receive a ballot in the mail?

Ballots will be mailed in a NON-FORWARDABLE envelope to the address voter records indicate you live at. If you have moved or changed your name, the law requires that you must re-register. If you believe that you are a registered voter and do not receive a ballot, you may wish to call the election office to check the status of your registration.

8. We have students registered to vote at our home address but attend college in another county and/or state. Will they also be mailed a ballot?

Ballots can only be mailed to the residence address of each elector appearing in the voter registration records and are mailed in NON-FORWARDABLE envelopes. If any voter wishes to have their ballot mailed to a different address than the address they are registered at, they must complete an Application for Advance Voting. The last day to apply for an advance ballot is June 9th . After this date, the voter will apply for a Replacement Ballot. Applications for Advance Voting and Replacement Ballot Applications may be downloaded from the Leavenworth County website at www.leavenworthcounty.org.

9. If we reside at a different location during some of the months will our ballot be forwarded?

Ballots can only be mailed to the residence address of each elector appearing in the voter registration records and are mailed in NON-FORWARDABLE envelopes. If any voter wishes to have their ballot mailed to a different address than the address they are registered at, they must complete an Application for Advance Voting. The last day to apply for an advance ballot is June 9th . After this date, the voter will apply for a Replacement Ballot. Applications for Advance Voting and Replacement Ballot Applications may be downloaded from the Leavenworth County website at www.leavenworthcounty.org.

10. Why am I required to sign the outside of the envelope and also write my address on the envelope?

Kansas law requires that each voter must personally sign and place their residence address (Not P.O. Box) on the return identification envelope. Ballots that are returned in envelopes without your signature cannot be counted.

11. When I have finished voting my ballot, what are my options in returning it to the election office?

The signed and addressed ballot envelope can be returned by mail or personally delivered to the Leavenworth County Election Office at the County Courthouse. Your ballot MUST be received before noon on the date of the election, June 30.

12. Can I sign the return ballot envelope for another member of my family?

NO – You cannot sign the return ballot envelope for another voter. You can sign the Affidavit of Assistance if you assist a sick or disabled voter in marking and returning a ballot. Voting may not be done by power of attorney. The power of attorney held by one person for another does not extend to the voting process.

13. I registered to vote many years ago and I know my signature is no doubt a lot different now than it was when I registered. What if my signature now doesn’t match my voter registration card?

If the county election office is unable to determine if the signature on the return ballot envelope is a match to the signature in the registration record, the county election office may request the voter sign and submit an updated signature card.

We are looking forward to a good experience for both the voters in Unified School District 464 and your county election office. Should anyone have any questions, please call the election office at 913-684-0422 or visit the county website at www.leavenworthcounty.org. for Voter Tips, Advance Ballot Applications and Replacement Ballot Applications.

Leavenworth County Election Office
Janet Klasinski
300 Walnut St., Suite 106
Leavenworth, KS 66048
913-684-0422
FAX: 913-680-1489

U.S. 73/K-7 RECONSTRUCTION PROJECT UPDATE (5/21/2015)
NEWS RELEASE
May 21, 2015
For more information:
Kimberly Qualls
(785) 640-9340
kqualls@ksdot.org

TRAFFIC SHIFT! KOSS Construction, project contractor, will resume work on the pavement reconstruction project on U.S. 73/K-7 from the north junction of Leavenworth County Road 14 south to 16th Street (Leavenworth County) beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, weather permitting.


(Click to view detour in Google Maps)

Here’s what this means for drivers: Beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, May 26, weather permitting, U.S. 73/K-7 traffic will be SHIFTED back onto the Leavenworth County Road 14/Santa Fe Trail detour route (see map above), so that crews can complete final construction work on the U.S. 73/K-7 pavement reconstruction project.

Remaining work to be completed on the project includes: replacement of the temporary rock shoulders with concrete pavement shoulders, and pavement replacement tie-in work at one intersection and an approximately 1/4-mile section of highway located at the north end of the project. Once this work is done, the detour route will be deactivated, U.S. 73/K-7 traffic will be shifted back to the existing roadway and overlay work will then begin on Leavenworth County Road 14/Santa Fe Trail.

Updated daily traffic information for this reconstruction project and for the entire Kansas City Metro Area can be viewed online at: www.ksdot.org/kcmetro/laneclose.asp.

The Kansas Department of Transportation urges all motorists to be alert, obey the warning signs, and “Give ‘Em a Brake!” when approaching and driving through the project work zone.

The revised overall project completion date is mid-summer 2015, weather permitting. (KDOT Project #73-7 KA-3529-01)

RECONSTRUCTION OF KANSAS AVENUE BRIDGE UNDERWAY
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 10, 2015

For more information, contact:
Rachel Bell
Marketing & Communications Director
316.652.2673
rbell@ksturnpike.com

Reconstruction of Kansas Avenue Bridge to begin

Wichita, KS – Reconstruction of the Kansas Avenue Bridge in Leavenworth County crossing over the Turnpike/I-70 near mile marker 221 is set to begin soon, weather permitting. Kansas Avenue Bridge will close to all traffic on Monday, March 16.

The Kansas Avenue Bridge (Br. No. 221.542) has deteriorated to the point it needs to be replaced. AM Cohron & Sons is the contractor for the project. Construction on the bridge is expected to be complete in November.

Most bridges crossing over the Turnpike are approximately the same age – 50+ years. During the next several years, KTA will be reconstructing many of these bridges. Future bridge reconstruction schedule will be determined by annual bridge inspections.

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An aerial image of the bridge in question. Click to view on Google Maps.

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