Riley County residents who are not yet registered to vote have until Oct. 13 to do so for the general election.
Speaking to the Riley County commission Monday, County Clerk Rich Vargo gave an update on his office’s election efforts. Vargo urged those who have not yet registered, especially college students, to do so before the deadline. He also encouraged college professors to make sure their students are registered.
Advanced voting begins on Oct. 14. The clerk’s office will also be sending out the mail ballots for those who applied for advanced voting by mail. By state law, those ballots cannot be sent out until that date.
Vargo says they have received over 8,000 applications for advanced voting by mail. This is more than the number of applications sent out by the county. Last month, the clerk’s office was made aware of an outside group sending applications to voters in Riley County. Staff has to go through and process each application that has come in. About 90% of their recent applications have been duplicates.
Advanced voting will take place until the Monday before election day, which is on Nov. 3.