Starting at noon on Thursday, advance voting sites in Wichita will be open. Ballots cast in the primary will help narrow the field for city and school board positions. Election officials say they hope to see an uptick in voter turnout. KMUW’s Carla Eckels reports…
According to Sedgwick County Chief Deputy Election Commissioner Sandra Gritz, the 2011 primary -- the last primary in Wichita that included a mayoral vote -- resulted in just under 8 percent voter turnout. The 2013 primary had even fewer people casting ballots.
Two residents of a Topeka care facility were prevented from voting in last Tuesday's primary election by a poll worker who didn't understand the state's voter identification law.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach confirmed Thursday that some elderly residents of Brewster Place showed up to a polling place without I.D.s and were turned away without being issued provisional ballots, as required by law.
Shawnee County Election Commissioner Andrew Howell says three voters were affected and one was later able to vote.
The primary election is Tuesday and for the second time in Sedgwick County history, photo identification will be required.
This primary election is the second time voters will need to show their ID when they go to the polls in Sedgwick county.
It also also carries more weight than most.
A number of races will likely be decided tomorrow, including the race for Sedgwick County District Attorney, Sedgwick county Sheriff, state Board of Education in district 8, Sedgwick county commissioner in district 3 and 5 of the 6 open seats in the 18th judicial district.
Secretary of State Kris Kobach is predicting 18 percent of registered voters will cast a ballot in the Kansas primary elections next week. Kobach says he doesn’t believe the hotly contested races for the state Legislature will spur much voter participation.
“Historically, while those races sometimes become very fierce and very heavily contested with money spent,” says Kobach.
“They don’t necessarily drive people to the polls like a hotly contested race higher on the ballot might do.”