According to the AP, election officials said the move was necessitated because of ongoing road construction in the area. Though voters were alerted of the change and reportedly sent advance voting applications in English and Spanish, the relocation could have a major impact on locals’ ability to cast their votes.
As the Wichita Eagle outlines, Dodge City already has historically low voter turnout. Locals and voter rights organizations have long since protested the use of its single polling site services, which often lead to long lines and increased traffic in that part of town. This year, turnout, particularly among Hispanic voters who tend to vote Democrats, could also have a significant impact on the state’s tight governors’ race between Republican Kris Kobach and Democrat Sen. Laura Kelly.