Good Question - Did A Problem Slow Vote Tally In Sedgwick County?

By: Jeff Herndon Email
By: Jeff Herndon Email

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Thursday, November 4, 2010

Tuesday night vote totals for the races in Sedgwick County came in much later than other state and county races. Some viewers wanted to know if there was a problem. That's a good question.

There was a problem, but it was a good one to have. Election night is a busy night for every Kansas county. Especially for Sedgwick County, one of the most-populated counties in Kansas.

Some of our viewers, and several of us in the KAKE newsroom, noticed that vote totals from Sedgwick County seemed to be coming in a little later than usual. Bill Gale, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner, said tallies didn't go out until 8:29 p.m. Tuesday night. He admits that is a little later then he would like.

But it turns out, Sedgwick County had one of the highest advance voter turnouts ever. In fact, the more than 69,000 advance ballots is the largest ever for a non-presidential election. The previous record was set in 2006 with a mere 31,000 advance ballots.

Gale said many of those advance ballots were coming in right up until 7:00 p.m. when the polls closed. He said those advance ballots needed to be tabulated, and there were so many more than usual that it took a little longer. Still, final numbers were in before 10 p.m.. And Gale tells me that he is already thinking of ways to get numbers out sooner, especially since advance voting seems to be getting more and more popular.

If you have a good question, send it to Jeff Herndon at news@KAKE.com. We'll do our best to answer your good question every Thursday on KAKE News at 6.


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