County Administration

Election Update from Ford County Clerk Debbie Cox:



For Immediate Release


Re: Media Requests and Polling Location

In response to multiple media requests, the County has obtained outside legal counsel and will refer all related media requests to Bradley Schlozman, an attorney with the Hinkle Law Firm in Wichita, Kansas. Mr. Schlozman's contact information is as follows:
Bradley Schlozman
Phone:  316.660.6296

The County is aware of media reports and social media posts relating to a Temporary Restraining Order filed by the ACLU of Kansas. At the time of this press release, the County has yet to be served with any official documentation regarding any legal filing(s).
Dodge City has maintained a single polling place for all elections for more than two decades. A new polling location had to be selected for the upcoming November 6, 2018, general election in the interest of public safety because the previously-used polling place - the Civic Center and parking areas - will soon be used as a staging area for a major construction project . The County Election Officer chose the Western State Bank Expo Center as an alternative due to the fact that the County owns the building, carries insurance to cover crowds, is designed for large crowds specifically, has adequate parking, is fully compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and is already part of the County's operations and planning in relation to severe weather and security response. 
There was no intent whatsoever to discriminate against any group of voters in the selection of this location nor will its use have the effect of discriminating any group of voters. Suggestions to the contrary are meritless.

J.D. Gilbert, B.S., M.B.A.
County Administrator  and Public Information Officer

The Mission of Ford County Government is to build on our heritage, prepare for the future and provide quality services to our citizens.