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With days to go before Election Day, early voter turnout numbers in Wichita are already up over the last mayoral election amid a highly contested race.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says last week’s early voting at the county election office in downtown Wichita surpassed the total number of early votes cast in the 2015 city election.

TOPEKA, Kansas The road to democracy is paved in donuts.

At least that’s the case if you dropped by Washburn University’s Memorial Union for lunch on a recent afternoon, followed the “free donuts” sign and blaring rock music down to the lower level, where there were not just boxes of glazed temptation, but smiling faces holding out electronic tablets.

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Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach is calling for partisan local elections after the move from spring to fall didn't boost turnout as much as many had hoped.

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Last week’s election was a test of the new voting schedule in Kansas. The new plan moved local elections to the fall instead of the spring during odd-numbered years.

State lawmakers changed the election schedule in 2015 as a way to increase voter turnout. In Sedgwick County, only eight percent of registered voters cast ballots last week.

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Voter turnout for Tuesday’s local elections in Sedgwick County was low, but up slightly compared to a similar election cycle four years ago.

There are more than 292,000 registered voters in Sedgwick County. Only 8 percent of them cast ballots this election.

Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman says sometimes getting people to the polls comes down to what’s on the ballot.