(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.