Sedgwick County primary election runs smoothly

WICHITA, Kansas – Sedgwick County ended the primary Tuesday with election results.

Back in 2012, there were major delays with voting machines.

This time around, there were no major issues with ballots or machines.

Sixty seven ballots will be counted manually because those couldn’t be read by the machines.

The votes including the paper tallies and the computerized chips from the machines came rolling in to the commissioner’s office about 7:45 p.m.

It continued until well after 8:30 p.m.

They were brought in from 64 polling places across the county.

Tabitha Lehman says the process is a challenge her office has been preparing months for.

“Getting them trained, getting them staffed out at the sites, replacing ones that cancel last minute which happens a lot,” said Lehman. “Our staff that handles that has been hopping for days just getting cancellations replaced dealing with issues.”

Officials say 10,921 early ballots were counted.

More than 8,400 of those were Republican ballots and 2,400 Democratic ballots for this primary.

The biggest issue was people calling or having difficulty finding locations with seven new polling places.

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