Sedgwick County turnout reported at 26 percent

Close to 80,000 people voted early

WICHITA, Kan - Sedgwick County election commissioner Tabitha Lehman said close to 80,000 people have cast ballots early for the midterm election.

There were more than 860 people who turned out at the election office Monday morning during the final hours of advance in-person voting.   Lehman said around 37,000 people voted early at the election office or the 15 satellite locations that were open last week.    With mail ballots, the turnout is close to 80,000, or 26 percent.   Lehman said that is similar to previous midterm elections in 2010 and 2014, and the total turnout after election day was around 52 percent.   She's expecting a similar turnout this time. 

Advance in-person voting ended at noon Monday.  For people who waited until election day to cast ballots, polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Sedgwick County.   Some polling places have changed and voters can call the election office or go to www.sedgwickcounty.org to find out where they can vote. 

People who still have mail ballots can turn them in to a polling place or the election office on Tuesday. The ballots can be mailed if they are postmarked on Tuesday and arrive in the election office by Friday. 

KFDI will have election reports Tuesday evening as the votes are counted. 

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A line of people was waiting outside the Sedgwick County election office in the final hours of early in-person voting Monday.   

Election commissioner Tabitha Lehman reported a strong turnout at the election office and the 15 satellite voting locations that were open last week.   In-person voting ended at noon Monday.

Lehman has reported a turnout of over 77,000 voters in advance of the midterm election, and she said more people have registered to vote for the first time.  

People who still have mail ballots can return them to the election office by 7 p.m Tuesday or get them postmarked Tuesday.   Polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Tuesday for people who waited until election day to cast ballots. 

Candidates for the Kansas governor's office were scheduled to make final appearances in the Wichita area on Monday.   Democrat Laura Kelly had an appearance scheduled at the Monarch on Monday afternoon and Republican Kris Kobach was scheduled to be at his campaign headquarters in east Wichita. 

KFDI will have election reports throughout the evening Tuesday as the votes are counted. 

 

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