Election 2016: Your vote, voice matters

One of the most effective and simplest ways supporters of Maize Schools and Kansas public education can support students is to vote.
The November election may be on your radar, but did you know that many Kansas races are determined during the August primaries? Kansas voters can influence the future funding of our schools, the funding of the KPERS retirement system, and the future of Kansas public education.

For those interested in voting in the Nov. 8 General Election, follow these steps. And Maize Schools has made available a list of candidates running for the Kansas Legislature who would represent portions of the school district community. Please click here to access that information.

Today: Make sure you're registered to vote. If you've moved or changed your name, you must re-register.

This week: Click here to apply for a mail ballot. A mail ballot allows you to vote from home at a time convenient for you. Complete the form (be sure to fill in "General Nov. 8" on Section 5 of the form), and you'll be set to make your vote count in August.

Before you vote: Find out who will be on the ballot -- and learn their positions on the issues that are important to you. Review voting records, campaign literature, websites, and personal conversations or e-mails to decide which candidates best match your views.

On or before Nov. 8: Vote! In-person early voting begins Oct. 26.
Important dates:
  • Oct. 18: Last day to register to vote in the Nov. 8 General Election.
  • Oct. 26: Early in-person voting for the Nov. 8 General Election begins in the Sedgwick County Election Office at 8 a.m.
  • Nov. 1: Advance voting centers open at noon.
  • Nov. 4: Last day for the election office to mail advance voting ballots.
  • Nov. 5: Advance voting centers close at 4 p.m.
  • Nov. 7: Advance in-person voting in the election office ends at noon.
  • Nov. 8: General Election Day! Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Advance ballots must be returned to the election office by 7 p.m.
Thank you for your civic contribution, which allows Kansas to maintain strong public school districts, including Maize USD 266.
For more information, call the Educational Support Center at 316-722-0614.
(Thanks to Maize Central Elementary School for the flag artwork pictured above.)