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Voter Turnout in the Fall Election Comes in Short of Kobach’s Estimate

Secretary Kobach, Governor Sam Brownback and Deputy Attorney General Athena Andaya certifying the election results. (Photo by Stephen Koranda)

Kansas officials have certified the results of the 2016 election. Secretary of State Kris Kobach had predicted record voter turnout, but that’s not what happened.

Kobach had estimated 72 percent of registered voters would cast ballots, but the actual number was around 67 percent. That’s about tied with the 2012 election. Kobach says record early voting led him to believe new voters were showing up at the polls.

“We assumed that it was new people, but it looks like it was people substituting and voting in advance. That’s why our prediction was off,” says Kobach.
Kansas did set a record before the election for the most registered voters ever in state history.

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