Archive for Friday, July 30, 2010

Statehouse Live: Secretary of State predicts 19 percent turnout

July 30, 2010

State election officials Friday predicted 19 percent of Kansas’ registered voters will cast ballots in Tuesday’s primary election.

That comes out to 324,000 votes out of 1.7 million registered voters.

Kansas Secretary of State Chris Biggs released the turnout prediction, and challenged more voters to participate.

He noted that Missouri is predicting a 24 percent turnout and said he hoped Kansas would top that number.

A 19 percent turnout would be lower than the 2008 primary turnout of 22.45 percent, but more than the 18.2 percent in 2006.

Of the state’s 1.7 million voters, nearly 745,000 are registered as Republicans; 490,000 unaffiliated; and 460,318 Democrat.

In Douglas County, officials are predicting a 20 percent turnout for the Republican Party primary and a slightly lower number for the Democratic Party primary.

Statewide, advance voting has increased. As of 8 a.m. today, 80,494 advance ballots had been mailed, 49,381 had been returned and 12,423 additional ballots had been cast at satellite voting locations, the secretary of state’s office said.

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