Local residents may have recently received application forms for advance ballots in the mail.

Local residents may have recently received application forms for advance ballots in the mail.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski said it appears an organization called Center for Voter Information has mailed advance ballot applications to many registered voters in the county.

Klasinski said it is OK for voters to complete these forms and mail them to her office. Klasinski said her office will send advance ballots to people who request them.

But people who request to have these ballots mailed to them will be unable to vote in person on Election Day. Receiving an advance ballot in the mail also will preclude someone from being able to vote in person as part of early voting at the Clerk’s Office at the Leavenworth County Courthouse, Klasinski said.

Klasinski said the applications for advance ballots sent to voters by the Center for Voter Information have caused confusion. Some people believe the applications were sent by the Clerk’s Office.

“It didn’t come from the Clerk’s Office, but it is perfectly OK to use,” she said of the application form.

Klasinski said she also heard reports that voters received phone or text messages encouraging them to fill out advance ballot applications. She said these messages did not come from the Clerk’s Office.

Klasinski said her office received more than 500 advance ballot applications in the mail Monday.

She said voters who previously have submitted a permanent request for advance ballots do not need to submit a new application.

According to the organization’s website, the Center for Voter Information is a “non-partisan organization that works to provide even-handed and unbiased information about candidates and their positions on issues.”

According to Klasinski, the Center for Voter Information mailed letters to voters with the advance ballot applications.

The letters include information regarding how to unsubscribe from the organization’s mailing list.

Klasinski said it appears the application forms have been mailed to Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated voters in the county.

She said advance ballots will be mailed out Oct. 17. Early voting at the Clerk’s Office also will be begin Oct. 17.

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