Polling places busy throughout Wichita

WICHITA, Kansas – Many lined up at polling places across Wichita on Tuesday to cast their ballot.

Polls opened at 6 a.m. in Sedgwick County. They will close at 7 p.m.

Overall, officials expected a busy day. During the noon hour, voters were lined up out the door at Gloria Dei Lutheran Church in Wichita.

After work, polling places were busy across the Wichita area.

“Within the lunch hour, people are trying to get in and get their votes cast and get it done,” said Morgan Stremmel, poll supervisor.

At Olivet Baptist Church, a polling place in northwest Wichita, officials say some of the voting machines had problems early, but they were quickly fixed.

“We had a few problems with the M100 which is the paper ballot machine. They sit for a long time between elections and so the tape roll was kinda of stuck and veering off to the side. So we fixed the alignment on that, and it started working just fine,” said Dawn Fanning, election worker.  “The iVotronics voting machines behind me, we were having trouble getting the printer to register so we had to re-calibrate the machine.”

Fanning said a county employee came out to fix the problem with the printers. While the delay was happening, many voted with paper ballots.

If you need to double check where your assigned polling place is, have your voter card ready and go to the website voteksdot.org to find your location.

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