May 20, 2020 8:45 PM

Applications for ballots going to all registered voters in county

Posted May 20, 2020 8:45 PM
A ballot application like this one is being sent out to all Reno County registered voters to give them the option of voting with a mail-out ballot in both the primary and general elections. More than 33,000 of the applications went in the mail this week.
A ballot application like this one is being sent out to all Reno County registered voters to give them the option of voting with a mail-out ballot in both the primary and general elections. More than 33,000 of the applications went in the mail this week.

By ROD ZOOK

Hutch Post

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — The Reno County Elections Office announced Thursday that, in response to COVID-19, it is sending a mailer this week to all active registered voters that includes an application for the primary election, general election and a party declaration card. 

“We’ve been contacted a lot about people wanting to know what their options are,” Elections Clerk Jenna Fager said. “We decided it would be a good idea to put something out so those people who do not feel comfortable going to the polling location have another option.”

This is an application for the ballot to be mailed to you just like any other mail-out ballot during the election. The ballot must be returned to the clerk's office by the end of the primary or election day at 7 p.m., or postmarked on the day of the primary or general election. 

Return postage is paid. If anyone is reluctant to go to the polls to vote, they have the option to use these applications to vote by mail. The ballots will be sent out 20 days before the election.

Fager says they have mailed out about 33,000 of the applications and hopes that it will improve voter turnout.

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May 20, 2020 8:45 PM
Hutch Rec announces cancellations

HUTCHINSON, Kan. — After careful consideration and continued monitoring, Hutch Rec announced it has canceled the Stay to Play summer day camp and annual Smallville Festival.

Stay to Play day was originally scheduled to run 10 weeks. After several modifications and postponements, the Board of Commissioners — at the recommendation of Executive Director Tony Finlay — decided it was in the best interest of staff, parents and children to announce the cancellation of the camp at this time. Full refunds will be issued to those currently enrolled in the Stay to Play summer day camp.

Hutch Rec is now moving forward to work on offering an outdoor camp held at various parks in the city. An official announcement on these camps will be released at a later date.

Dillon Nature Center’s Summer Adventure Camp is still being offered on a modified schedule. For more details about sessions, visit dillonnaturecenter.com or stop by the nature center at 3002 E. 30th Ave.

Hutch Rec also announced the cancellation of the annual Smallville Festival held on June 18 in Downtown Hutchinson because of the Reopen Kansas recommendations of limiting and/or postponing large gatherings and community festivals. This will also include the Smallville 5K and Super Hero 1-mile fun run/walk. Those participants enrolled in the 5K and 1-mile races will receive full refunds.

Ongoing details and updates will be shared with media outlets, on social media and at hutchrec.com.