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The Sedgwick County election office is mailing out about 6,000 advance ballots for the April 2 general election. Voters will decide races for city council and school board seats in Wichita and other communities.
Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman told county commissioners Wednesday that advance voting in person will begin March 20 in the election office, with weekday hours from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Voting will end at noon on April 1.
Lehman said 12 of the normal 15 satellite locations will be open for advance voting on March 28-29 from noon until 7 p.m., and on March 20 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. Some locations will not be available because of Easter activities.
Lehman said 4,315 ballots were cast in last month's primary, for a turnout of 4.7 percent. She said that may be an all-time low. She said other large counties in Kansas had a lower percentage.
Lehman expressed thanks to her staff and other county workers, along with the 90 election workers, who opened the polls on time in spite of a major winter storm that made travel difficult.