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'Decision is in their hands': No-excuse absentee voting commences for Kansas City, Jackson County residents

No excuse early voting for Kansas City and Jackson County residents ahead of April 2 Election
Posted at 6:36 AM, Mar 19, 2024

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — With the anticipation of the upcoming April 2 election, no-excuse absentee voting officially starts Tuesday for residents of Kansas City and Jackson County.

Since absentee voting started, the Jackson County Election Board said they have seen a slow start to the democratic process.

“Sadly, as it is, it may not be as big a turnout, but August and November, it'll be a different story," said Sara Zorich, director of the Jackson County Election Board.

Beginning March 19, voters can visit polling locations across Kansas City and Jackson County to exercise their right to vote early. With no questions asked, the no-excuse voting period will continue until the day before the election.

Zorich wanted to remind voters to take advantage to cast their voice through their vote.

“It's your right, first of all, and it does make a difference," Zorich said. "Your voice needs to be heard.”

For many absentee voters like Randy Farris, early voting helps when unexpected circumstances happen, like being unavailable on Election Day.

“It comes in real handy," Farris said. "I think this is the second time we've used it because of our trips that we make to visit family."

Voters who live in Kansas City have three location options:

  • The Shops on Blue Parkway
  • United Believers Community Church
  • The Whole Person

Voters who live outside of Kansas City in Jackson County can vote early at the Jackson County Election Office in Independence.
The election board said it's important to know your polling site and remember to bring the proper identification needed.

You can find more information on their website.