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TOPEKA — Kansas election officials predicted Thursday that the state will see record-setting turnout for this year’s presidential election.

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More than a quarter of the 29,000 provisional ballots in Kansas were rejected in the 2018 general election because of various errors, leaving 7,692 voters out of the democratic process.

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Hundreds of thousands of Kansans are expected to vote by mail this election — many for the first time.

The Secretary of State’s office says that as of Oct. 22, more than 490,000 ballots had been mailed out, with still a few days left for voters to request them.

In Sedgwick County, about 87,000 voters have requested advance ballots, an all-time high, says Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman.

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Long lines marked the start of early voting Monday in Sedgwick County.

Polls opened inside Intrust Bank Arena and the county Election Office Monday morning. At 10 a.m., lines wrapped around the arena before slowing to a steady trickle around lunch time.  

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The Sedgwick County Election Office starts sending out advance mail ballots on Oct. 14. In-person early voting starts Oct. 19. And, of course, polling sites are open on Election Day, Nov. 3.

With so many different ways to cast your ballot in this unique election, KMUW wants to know: How are you voting?

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Sedgwick County plans to set up a “mega voting site” at Intrust Bank Arena for early voting in the November general election.

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Sedgwick County plans to install more than a dozen ballot drop boxes ahead of the November general election.

The drop boxes will be placed strategically in cities around Sedgwick County as a convenient option for voters to return their advance mail ballot.

Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says the boxes are part of COVID-19-related safety precautions for elections. She says the boxes will also help ease voter concerns about postmarks and an overwhelmed postal service.

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TOPEKA — Kansas is seeing an increase in advance voting for the Aug. 4 primary amid the coronavirus outbreak.

As of Tuesday, the number of ballots voters returned by mail is almost six times more than the ballots returned in 2016, the last presidential election year, according to data collected by the Associated Press.

The number of ballots returned by mail is also six times more than the ballots returned in the 2018 U.S. midterm elections, the same data shows. The number of advance ballots cast in person is slightly ahead of those cast in 2016.

The election is upon us. Here’s what you need to know.

Advance voting

Advance voting in person ends Monday at noon. For where you should go, check this county-by-county list.

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With hotly contested gubernatorial and congressional races on the ballot, you won’t want to miss casting your vote in the Nov. 6 general election.

Here’s the lowdown on registering, advance ballots, voting with a criminal record and more.