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Early Voting Breaks Douglas County Records, but Total Turnout Might Not

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Early voting wrapped up Monday in Kansas, breaking records in some areas. But turnout has been lagging in parts of Douglas County.

County Clerk Jamie Shew says total early voting has set a county record. In some precincts, around 40 percent of voters have already cast early ballots. However, Shew says turnout in areas with high university student populations hasn't been as heavy.

“We’ll see what happens on Election Day. Right now, what that tells me is even though I’ve had a really strong advance turnout, I don’t know if we’ll match 2008’s total turnout numbers,” says Shew.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting that a record-breaking 1.3 million Kansans will cast votes in this election. The polls Tuesday will be open from at least 7 a.m. to 7 p.m., but local officials can choose to extend those hours.

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