The Kansas Democratic presidential primary isn’t until Saturday, but turnout is already three times larger than 2016.
For the first time, the state Democratic Party used mail-in ballots due to concerns about COVID-19. Party officials announced Tuesday that they had processed 138,400 ballots -- up from 39,266 in 2016.
Party executive director Ben Meers said he was not surprised by the results.
“COVID presented the point of pivot for us,” he said. “We always thought that voting by mail would increase accessibility for voters and we’ve certainly seen that in 2020."