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Wichita and Sedgwick County voters will go to their polling places Tuesday to make their choice for President of the United States and decide a number of local, state and federal races, along with some ballot questions.
County election commissioner Tabitha Lehman is expecting a turnout of 70 percent. Advance voting numbers have been below the levels set by the 2008 general election.
In-person advance voting ended at noon Monday at the election office. Lehman said there were 22,200 people who cast ballots at the office and the 15 satellite locations that were open last week. She said that was 50 percent below the 2008 number.
Lehman said there were 77,000 mail ballots that were sent out, which was a record number, but 64,000 ballots were returned, which was not a record.
For people who did not vote in advance, the polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday. In addition to the presidential race, Sedgwick County voters will decide the next sheriff, the District 2 County Commission seat and a number of Kansas House and Senate seats.
Wichita voters will decide whether to add fluoride to the city's drinking water. Voters in Valley Center will decide on a sales tax to support a new recreation center.