Sedgwick County

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The public is being invited to give input on the Arkansas River Crossing-95th Street South (ARC95) Study.

Meetings will be held to discuss the needs and feasibility of improving the 95th Street corridor in southern Sedgwick County. The study area includes 95th Street South between Greenwich Road and Meridian Avenue, with an initial focus on the section between Woodlawn Boulevard and Broadway Avenue.

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Canvassing results were finalized Tuesday at the Sedgwick County Election Office in downtown Wichita. Voter turnout for the Aug. 2 primary election was 17 percent.

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Unofficial results show recent voter turnout in Sedgwick County was slightly below predictions.

There are around 281,000 registered voters in the county. More than 47,000 ballots were cast for Tuesday’s primary elections, including early voting, advanced voting by mail and ballots cast at the polls. That puts voter turnout at about 17 percent. Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said earlier this week she expected about 20 percent of voters to participate in the primary.

Around 1300 provisional ballots still need to be counted by the county canvassing board.

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Sixty-three polling sites were open in Sedgwick County for Tuesday’s Primary Election, and unofficial results have been posted. Provisional ballots are now being researched, and the Board of Canvassers will certify those results next week.

The Board of Canvassers is made up of Sedgwick County commissioners, who will decide which votes will count. The county attorney attends and the election commissioner presents the ballots. Chief Deputy Election Commissioner for Sedgwick County Sandra Gritz says the provisional ballots, sealed in envelopes, are grouped by provisional reason.

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A Sedgwick County Sheriff’s Deputy is being investigated for alleged excessive use of force during an incident Monday morning.

According to Sedgwick County Sheriff Jeff Easter, an officer with nearly 20 years of experience is on administrative leave after being accused of excessive use of force at the Sumner County Jail while preparing an inmate for a trip to Sedgwick County.

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Secretary of State Kris Kobach says the voting in yesterday’s primary election went smoothly across Kansas, with no significant problems. But one issue that remains is how many Kansans cast provisional ballots after a judge allowed 17,000 previously suspended voters to take part in the election.

The provisional ballots from those voters will be hand counted in the coming days. Kobach says he does not expect any issues handling those extra votes.

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Polls opened at 6 this morning in Sedgwick County for the primary election.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says 7 polling places have moved since the last election. Notifications were sent out in June to about 26,000 people affected by the changes, but she recommends all voters check their polling place.

The last day to change party affiliations was June 1.

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About one in four registered voters will cast a ballot in tomorrow’s Kansas primary election, according to Secretary of State Kris Kobach. He said expects about 410,000 thousand people to vote, 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.

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Next week’s Republican primary election is the first real test for the conservative majority on the Sedgwick County Commission. The longest-serving member of the majority, Commissioner Karl Peterjohn, is up for re-election. KMUW’s Deborah Shaar tells us how the results of this race could determine the future of the commission’s majority.

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The first of two public hearings on Sedgwick County’s proposed budget for 2017 takes place on Wednesday morning.

The Sedgwick County commissioners have two weeks to finish reviewing the county manager’s recommended 2017 operating budget before taking a vote.

The budget totals about $424 million and includes newly defined priorities for spending increases and reductions.