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October 31, 2012|By Chris Durden & Pilar Pedraza | KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
By Pilar Pedraza

(WICHITA, Kan.) — A growing number of Americans are voting early. Still most voters will cast ballots on Election Day, November 6. But did you know your time in the voting booth is limited?

There are dozens of signs posted where Kansans go to vote, telling them what they can and can't do.  But one sign, limiting how long you can take to vote, is confusing some voters.  The question, is that legal?  And, what if five minutes isn't enough?

The answer?  Yes, it is legal.  In fact, it's state law and has been for decades. 

The Kansas Poll Worker Training Program (published in January 2012 by Secretary of State Kris Kobach and other election officials) says "The voter is limited to five minutes in the voting booth if other voters are waiting."

Pollworkers say it's not like they use a stopwatch to time voters.  They simply ask those who seem to be taking a little too long if they need some help.

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The supervising judge at the advanced voting center at Grace Presbyterian says she doesn't know when the law was passed or why.

"I don't know the real reason that the law exists and, you know... what prompted it to begin with," said Niki Gass.  "I presume there was some issue eons ago, probably, that prompted it.  But I don't know what it was."

Pollworkers say they've never had a problem with the time limit.  Those who need extra time, can get it.

Among those who are guaranteed extra time are voters filling out a paper ballot or anyone using an audio ballot.  But anyone who feels he or she needs more time can ask for it.

Did you know there's a time limit to voting?
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