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Kansas Secretary of State Predicts Slight Uptick in Primary Election Turnout

Secretary Kobach speaking to reporters about the voter turnout prediction. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

About one in four registered voters will cast a ballot in Tuesday's Kansas primary election. That's according to Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who expects about 410,000 people to vote. That's a slight increase from the last presidential election cycle in 2012.

Kobach says the high number of contested legislative races will play a part in the higher turnout. In previous years, Kobach says, many legislative districts only had a competitive primary on either the Democratic or the Republican side.

“Here we’re seeing lots of races where both sides have a pretty hotly contested primary so you're seeing a lot of door knocking going on that might not have otherwise gone on,” says Kobach.
Kobach says around 70,000 early votes have already been submitted.

The polls will be open from at least 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, but counties can choose to keep polling places open longer. Advance ballots sent to voters need to be turned in to county election offices by the time polls close.

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