Record breaking early voter turnout in Kansas

WICHITA, Kan. (KSNW) – There’s a non-stop flow of voters casting their ballots in Sedgwick County this week.

“It is going to be a great turnout hopefully,” says Robbin Smith.

And it has been. It’s been a record breaking year for in person for early voting.

“We were close to 10,000 the first day we opened all of the sites so that was great. We would like to see that continue the next couple of days,” says Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman.

Now the number is up to nearly 70,000 in person early voters. That is nearly 25 percent of the more than 293,000 registered voters in Sedgwick County.

Robbin Smith says her reason to vote is simple.

“To beat the rush,”says Smith.

And another voter, Julia Woods, says she took the opportunity to vote when she had some down time.

“I work just down the street so it is a lot more convenient for me to just walk down during my lunch break,” says Woods.

Tabitha Lehman says before early voting ends on Monday she is hoping the real rush will be over..

“We would really like to see at least 50 percent of people who cast a ballot in this election be early because, of course, that alleviates a lot of congestion of polling locations on election day,” says Lehman,