Salina area voters could see full ballot

Published On: Aug 06 2014 10:19:12 AM CDT   Updated On: Jul 23 2014 06:41:47 PM CDT

With primary election advanced voting in full swing, the Saline County clerk’s office has been pretty busy, mailing out ballots, answering phone calls and helping people who come in to vote.

On top of everything they have to do for the primary, the clerk’s office will also have to get everything ready for the November ballot, which has an unusually high number of special questions on it.

“It’s rather wild,” county clerk Don Merriman said. “Typically we’ll have a constitutional amendment or two, sometimes three. Sometimes we’ll have a sales tax question, particularly for the city or one of the other entities. But it’s double what we normally would have.”

The county clerk’s office is in the process of approving two petitions. If both are valid, all county voters will decide if they want to expand the county commission from three to five people ,and Salina citizens will vote if they want to remove fluoride from the water.

“It’s grass roots,” Merriman said. “They got together, got organized, got a petition together and they’re out accumulating it. In the heat or the cold, whatever the weather’s been.”

In addition, the county commissioners have voted 2-1 to add a $46 million jail renovation project to the ballot, and there is a constitutional amendment to make raffles legal in the state of Kansas.

If all four measures make it to the ballot, citizens will have plenty to decide when advance voting begins Oct. 15.

The county clerk did have to move nine voting sites out of Salina district schools. The school board was concerned about security in the schools. Merriman says to check the county clerk’s websites to see where the new sites will be.