State official predicts primary turnout

WICHITA, Kansas – The state’s top election official on Thursday said that the number of voters heading to the polls for the upcoming primary would be less than in recent elections.

Statewide, Kris Kobach predicted that about 22 percent would cast a ballot in the primary.

That compares to 25 percent in 2010 and 23 percent in 2012.

Kobach says the lack of a statewide get out the vote effort suggests that only 381,000 out of the 1.7 million voters will cast a ballot.

His office does predict a higher number in Wichita at 27 percent because of the showdown between Mike Pompeo and Todd Tiahrt.

Primary Turnout (Courtesy: Kansas Secretary of State)
Primary Turnout (Courtesy: Kansas Secretary of State)


Not all registered voters are eligible to vote in the primary.  It is open only to Kansans who have affiliated with the Democratic Party, the Republican Party, or no political party when registering to vote.  Voters affiliated with minor parties do not participate in primary candidate elections. The only minor party currently recognized in the state is the Libertarian Party, and about 0.7% of all registered voters are affiliated with the Libertarian Party.

Unaffiliated registered voters may vote a Republican or a Democratic ballot on election day by first filling out a new registration form at the polling place to affiliate with the major political party of their choice.

The unofficial number of voters affiliated with each recognized political party and no party at the close of voter registration on July 15th are as follows:  422,184 Democratic; 12,655 Libertarian; 765,342 Republican; and 535,233 unaffiliated.

The fastest way to see election results is to visit the Secretary of State’s website at starting at 7 p.m. on August 5. An interactive mapping system will allow users to access county website results by clicking on each county.

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