Sedgwick County primary races to be decided

Record number reported for early in-person voting

WICHITA, Kan - UPDATE:  A steady turnout of voters was reported at some Wichita polling locations during the morning hours of Tuesday's primary election.  There were small lines at a couple of locations in east Wichita, and precinct workers were expecting turnout to be heavier late in the day, from 5 to 7 p.m.   

Polls will be open until 7 p.m. and KFDI will have election reports throughout the evening as the votes are counted. 

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Sedgwick County is reporting a record number of voters who turned out in person for advance voting for the August primary election. 

The county had around 9,400 voters casting ballots at the election office or the 15 satellite locations that were open last week.   Election commissioner Tabitha Lehman said "we've never seen it this high before." 

Lehman said there were around 8,000 mail ballots that were sent out, and around 5,200 have been returned.  People who haven't returned their ballots yet will need to have them at the election office by 7 p.m. Tuesday, or they can take the ballot to one of the polling places during the time when voting is going on.    Ballots that are mailed have to be postmarked by election day. 

Lehman said while in-person numbers were up, the mail ballot numbers were down.  She is hoping for a turnout of 25-30 percent for the primary election. 

Lehman said voters who waited until Tuesday will have to go to their designated polling place, and they can find their location through the election office link at www.sedgwickcounty.org 

In the governor's race, voters will have more than one page of candidates to look over.  Lehman said voters should push the "more" button at the bottom of the page to see more candidates.   She said voters should also remember to bring their government-issued photo ID when they go to the polling place.   

Polls will be open Tuesday from 6 a.m to 7 p.m.   Voters will choose candidates in primary races for governor, secretary of state, insurance commissioner, the Fourth District congressional seat and the district four races on the Sedgwick County commission.    The winners move on to the November general election.

To find your polling location, click here.

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