Mar 24, 2020 4:15 PM

Ellis County sales tax ballots in the mail

Posted Mar 24, 2020 4:15 PM

Hays Post

Registered voters in Ellis County will start seeing ballots for a proposed countywide sales tax in their mailboxes.

Ellis County Election Officer and Clerk Donna Maskus said the ballots went out to 16,709 registered voters Friday.

Contained inside the envelope that all voters will receive in the mail is the ballot, ballot instructions and the return envelope.

The ballot contains the two questions. The first asks the voter if they support is a quarter-cent countywide sales tax to finance health care services in Ellis County. The second asks the voter is they support a general sales tax to finance general government services.

You can see a sample ballot below:

Here is a sample of the sales tax ballot
Here is a sample of the sales tax ballot

Once you have filled out your ballot you fold it and place it in the envelope addressed to the Ellis County Election Officer (see below).

After you have sealed the envelope, you must sign the back of it.

Maskus said it is very important that the voter sign the back of the envelope (see below).

Voters must sign the backside of the ballot
Voters must sign the backside of the ballot

“There’s a unique little arrow there that says, 'sign here,' ” Maskus said. “We do have to have the voter’s signature there, and the date.”

The clerk’s office will check those signatures against the voter’s signature on file through the voter registration process. If the signatures do not match, they will reach out to the voter through a card in the mail, and the voter will have to then verify their signature.

If the signatures do not match or if there is no signature on the envelope, workers will not open the envelope and the vote will not be counted.

The ballots are due back in the county clerk’s office by noon April 7. Maskus said voters can drop them in the mail or by their office at 718 Main in Hays. Office hours are from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you do not receive a ballot and believe you should have, Maskus said you can check voter registration status through or contact the clerk’s office at 785-628-9410.

Continue Reading Hays Post
Mar 24, 2020 4:15 PM
Latest cancellations and delays

Please call (785)-301-2211 to add your cancellation. Leave a voicemail if no one answers. You may also email your cancellation to [email protected]. We will add your cancellation as soon as possible.

Click here for Kansas road conditions.

*All Kansas public and private schools, Kindergarten through Grade 12, are closed through their respective spring semesters by order of the Kansas governor.*

*Kansas has a "stay home" order until at least April 19, 2020.*

April 11

Hays Toy Show postponed

April 12
Eagles Lodge in WaKeeney cancelled the Easter Sunday Chicken Buffet.

April 15

Hays VFW Stag & Stagette canceled

April 16

Hays Job Fair canceled

May 1

FHSU Half-Century Club Spring Luncheon canceled

Annual Chamber Golf Tournament rescheduled for September 18

May 2

Hays Symphony Concert has been canceled

May 3

Hays VFW Stars and Stripes Breakfast canceled

May 11

Hays After 5 dinner meeting canceled


Trego County Courthouse closed to public until further notice.

City of Hays offices closed to public until further notice; airport remains open

Hays Municipal Court appearances suspended through April 6

Ellis City Hall closed to the public until further notice. City employees will still be available on premises during regular office hours and will be available by phone or email. Citizens should utilize the outside drop box, mail, or phone in utility payments.

Victoria City Hall closed to public until further notice

Eagle Media Center in Hays closed until furthur notice.

Doerflers' Harley-Davidson closed until further notice. We will offer curbside service along with motorcycle pickup and drop-off by appointment.

Big Creek Crossing stores closed - click here to see most recent updates

Hays Recreation Commission including the Fitness Center closed through April 30, 2020

Center for Health Improvement at Hays Med closed until further notice.

Hays Chamber canceling/postponing all public events until April 30.

Hays United Methodist Church online services and broadcast on KAYS 94.3 FM and 1400 AM only

Hays North Oak Community Church Activities and services canceled; Online Sunday services at www.northoak.netHays VFW Fish Fries have been canceled though Lent

Hays Public Library closed until further notice

Russell Public Library closed

No bingo at the Heritage Eatery and Bingo in Hays

The Hays Senior center meal site is closed, but will still be offering to go meals and home deliveries to current home delivered customers. To arrange for food call 785-628-8824.

Group meetings for DREAM, Inc. canceled. Clients should call 785-628-6655 to schedule telephone sessions.

Community Assistance Center in Hays will have no shopping available until further notice.

The ARC Thrift Store in Hays closed until further notice.

Habitat for Humanity of Ellis County ReStore closed until further notice; not accepting donations.

Fort Hays State Historic Site closed until further notice.

Walter P. Chrysler Boyhood Home & Museum in Ellis closed until further notice.