You can take action

If you are concerned about the future of K-12 public education in Kansas, there is something you can do: Vote! That’s the word from USD 410 Superintendent Steve Noble in a recent post on the district’s Facebook page.

“We all know that there will be a big election in November, but Kansans have a critical opportunity to vote in the August primaries,” Noble wrote. “Are you concerned about the future funding of our schools? The funding of the KPERS retirement system? The future of Kansas public education? Vote on Tuesday, Aug. 2.”

We pass on Noble’s suggestions for how to accomplish that.

• Today: Make sure you’re registered to vote, which you can do by going online at and click on “Registrant Informa­tion.”

• This week: Apply for a mail ballot for the August primary by going to Be sure to fill in “Primary August 2” on Section 5 of the form.

• Before noon, June 1: Go to your county election office and select the party affiliation (Republi­can or Democrat) for the primary you want to vote in Aug. 2. If you aren’t sure which primary you want to vote in yet, change your registration to “Unaffiliated” before this deadline. If you are doing a mail-in ballot, you must designate your party affiliation before noon on June 1.

• Before Tuesday, Aug. 2: Find out who will be on the Republican and Democratic primary ballots—and learn their positions on the issues that are important to you. Review voting records, campaign literature, websites and personal conversations or emails to decide which candidates best match your views.

• On or before Tuesday, Aug. 2: Cast your vote! In person advance voting begins 20 days before the Aug. 2 primary.

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