Jun 26, 2022

Fager: Work continues on ballots for August primary

Posted Jun 26, 2022 10:28 AM

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — Reno County Deputy Elections Clerk Jenna Fager said she's still working on getting all the different potential ballots ready for the August 2 primary.

"We'll have a ballot style for the Republican, a ballot style for the Democrat and then a non-partisan, I guess we'll call it, ballot style with just the amendment question," Fager said.

That's 255 potential different ballot styles depending on party and precinct. With the abortion-related constitutional amendment on the ballot in Kansas after Roe v. Wade was overturned Friday, it's possible turnout could be remarkably strong for a primary election, but Fager usually looks at the last similar election when deciding how many ballots to print.

"Typically, I'll look at the last election, so like the last gubernatorial's turnout. I also do take into consideration how many voted like, in the presidential," Fager said. "I'll shoot a little bit higher than the turnout for the previous election, so like the previous gubernatorial and that's how I do my quantities."

She doesn't have to get it dead on, though.

"For our advance voting now, we have a ballot on demand printer," Fager said. "That does help. I don't actually have to account for that, as long as we've got the ballot stock. It will print it when they come in."

Voter registration must be in by July 12.