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Sedgwick County Sees Increase In Voter Turnout For Primary Election

LaRissa Lawrie

Sedgwick County saw an uptick in voter turnout in Tuesday’s primary election.

Overall, the county reported 66,536 ballots cast. It was the largest turnout for the county, dating back to the 2000 primary — the latest numbers are available from the Sedgwick County Election Office.

Prior to Tuesday, the 2010 primary had the largest number turnout, which drew 65,443 voters.

Tuesday’s primary drew 22.5 percent of registered Sedgwick County voters to the polls — higher than any primary since 2010, which drew 25.6 percent.

The last gubernatorial primary in 2014 drew 19 percent of registered Sedgwick County voters.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman said she expected above-average voter turnout for this year’s primary election, telling KMUW earlier that “it’s been a while since the Democratic Party has had highly contested statewide races in the primary.”

More registered Democrats — 33.2 percent — in Sedgwick County voted in Tuesday’s primary than any of the last four primary elections. More than 43,000, or 37.8 percent, of registered Republicans voted.

Evan Pflugradt is an intern with KMUW's News Lab. Follow him on Twitter @EvPflu. To contact KMUW News or to send in a news tip, reach us at news@kmuw.org.