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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.

Kansas Secretary Of State Predicts Slight Uptick In Primary Election Turnout

Stephen Koranda
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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.

“Here we’re seeing lots of races where both sides have a pretty hotly contested primary so there’s lot of door knocking going on that otherwise might not have otherwise gone on,” Kobach says.

He says around 70,000 early votes have already been submitted.

Sedgwick County's polls will be open from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Advance ballots sent to voters need to be turned in to county election offices by the time polls close.

Stephen Koranda is the managing editor of the Kansas News Service, based at KCUR. He has nearly 20 years of experience in public media as a reporter and editor.