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Election Day: What you need to know before heading to the polls in KCMO

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Posted at 7:53 AM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 08:53:04-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Polling places across Kansas City, Missouri opened at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

On the ballot, voters will choose mayoral and city council candidates to advance to June 18’s general election. Several school districts have questions and leadership positions up for vote as well.

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The Kansas City Board of Election Commissioners predicts about 10 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot. A spokesperson said the the board bases that estimate on the number of absentee ballots it receives ahead of the election.

The spokesperson said usually a primary mayoral election with no incumbent receives higher turnout. Current mayor Sly James has reached the limit on the amount of terms he can serve as mayor.

Eleven candidates, including six current city council members, are running in Tuesday’s race. The two with the most votes will advance to the general election.

Tuesday’s elections are non-partisan, meaning you won’t see candidates identified by their political party on the ballot.

To vote in Missouri, you need a form of identification. A drivers license, passport, voter ID card, utility bill or bank statement are acceptable, according to the Board of Elections website.

Polls close at 7 p.m.

RideKC is providing free bus rides to help voters get to the polls.

To see a sample ballot, click here.