Increase in early voting a positive sign of voter turnout

Early voting
Voting (KSN File Photo)

WICHITA, Kansas – On Thursday, Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicted that the turnout for Tuesday’s election will be about 50 percent.

There were a total of 15 polling places open today around Wichita.

According to Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Tabitha Lehman, 18,000 people have taken advantage of early voting this year. That number is up by 4,000 compared to elections in 2010.

State wide, Kobach is predicting that a little less than 9 percent of out of the 1.74 million registered voters have already voted.

Officials credit the increase in early voter turnout because the most talked about issues are drawing in the crowds.

Issues like the sales tax or the senate and gubernatorial races.

Yet some early voters say it’s simply about beating the crowds.

On a normal Election Day, officials say there can be as many as 150 people lined up at the polls by 5 a.m. and that number more than doubles by the lunch hour.

If you have not voted yet, don’t worry, there is one last opportunity for you to do so on Monday at the Historic Courthouse downtown.

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