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Sedgwick County Sees Increase In Registered Voters, Ballots Cast In 2020 General Election

Fernando Salazar
Employees with Harris Dream Clean wipe down the polling center at the Health Department Administrative Center Tuesday.

Preliminary voter turnout numbers in Sedgwick County show more votes were cast in Tuesday's general election than in the 2016 presidential election.

The Sedgwick County Election Office says about 61% of registered voters participated in Tuesday's general election. Officials expect turnout to rise to about 65% once pending mail and provisional ballots are counted. 

Sedgwick County had more than 322,000 registered voters this year — an increase of 28,000 since the 2016 election.

A majority of voting took place before Election Day during the two-week early voting period. County data shows a total of about 196,000 ballots were cast, but only a quarter of them on Tuesday.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says staff is working around the clock this week to process thousands of mail ballots and more than 8,000 provisional ballots. She expects to post updated election results Thursday and Friday nights.

A canvass meeting to certify election results and voter turnout is set to begin Friday, Nov. 13.

2020 general election by the numbers:

  • 2,707 more votes cast in 2020 than in 2016
  • 28,243 more registered voters in 2020 vs. 2016
  • 78,000 mail ballots received and processed by Election Day 2020
  • 67,448 people voted early in person before Election Day
  • More than 145,448 people had voted before Election Day — 50,813 voted on Election Day
  • By 4 p.m. on Election Day, 195,448 people had voted
Deborah joined the news team at KMUW in September 2014 as a news reporter. She spent more than a dozen years working in news at both public and commercial radio and television stations in Ohio, West Virginia and Detroit, Michigan. Before relocating to Wichita in 2013, Deborah taught news and broadcasting classes at Tarrant County College in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas area.