Quarter Of Sedgwick County Voters Cast Ballots Ahead Of Election Day

Nov 5, 2018

More than a quarter of all registered voters in Sedgwick County have already cast ballots ahead of Election Day.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says her office processed more than 860 voters in the last hours of early voting Monday.

“So far we’ve had just shy of 80,000 people cast a ballot, whether it was early, in-person, or by mail," she says, "so we’re doing pretty well.”

That's more than the 2014 and 2010 midterms – but overall turnout is about on par with past elections.

“It feels like so much more because we have so many registered voters now," Lehman says.

Sedgwick County set a voter registration record for this election, with more than 300,000. The county had to add 10 new polling sites to accommodate the swell of voters.

With early voting wrapped up, voters need to go to their assigned polling location on Election Day. Lehman says three polling sites have changed since the primary election in August.

"So people do need to make sure that they know what their home polling place is, definitely," she says.

Polls around the state open Tuesday at 7 a.m. — in Sedgwick County, they open at 6 a.m. — and close at 7 p.m. Anyone in line by 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote.

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