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00000179-cdc6-d978-adfd-cfc6d7d40002Coverage of the issues, races and people shaping Kansas elections in 2016, including statewide coverage in partnership with KCUR, Kansas Public Radio, and High Plains Public Radio.

Secretary Kobach Predicts Record Kansas Voter Turnout For 2016 Election

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Secretary Kobach explaining his voter turnout estimate to reporters.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach says this election will break records in Kansas. Kobach predicts 72 percent of registered voters will cast ballots, a jump from 67 percent in 2012.

If his estimate rings true, that would be an all-time-high of 1.3 million votes.

Kobach says turnout is being driven by tight legislative races and what he calls an “unusual” presidential race.

“Some people think it’s unusual in a good way, some people think it’s unusual in a bad way. One very positive effect has been voter interest is extremely high in 2016,” Kobach says.

Kobach is basing his estimate on high early voting numbers.

“The best indicator is the flow of advance ballots coming in. Right now, we are 80,000 advanced votes ahead of where we were at this time in 2012,” Kobach says.

Kansas also now has the largest number of registered voters in the state’s history, with more than 1.8 million.