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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is calling for partisan local elections after the move from spring to fall didn't boost turnout as much as many had hoped.

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Last week’s election was a test of the new voting schedule in Kansas. The new plan moved local elections to the fall instead of the spring during odd-numbered years.

State lawmakers changed the election schedule in 2015 as a way to increase voter turnout. In Sedgwick County, only eight percent of registered voters cast ballots last week.

Voter turnout for Tuesday’s local elections in Sedgwick County was low, but up slightly compared to a similar election cycle four years ago.

There are more than 292,000 registered voters in Sedgwick County. Only 8 percent of them cast ballots this election.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says sometimes getting people to the polls comes down to what’s on the ballot.