Advanced Voting A Hit In Sedgwick County

By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email
By: Jennifer Bocchieri Email

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We are still days away from the general election but that's not stopping a number of Sedgwick County voters from making their voices heard early.

But people hoping to skip the election day crowds by voting in advance still face long lines with a record number of people coming out.

At the Sedgwick County zoo polling place Wednesday morning, it was already packed a half an hour before the voting booths even open.

"I've come out to do my patriotic duty," said voter Robert Lewis.

This election year it seems this patriotic duty means a lot of patience for both voters and poll workers, who try to move people through as fast as possible.

"We were really tired last night. We had very few minutes that we could hardly get away to sit down a minute. I was amazed. I really never dreamed we'd have that many people," said poll worker Beverly Harshbarger.

In just the first day the advance voting sites opened, the election commissioner says 9,000 voters voted.

Compare that to the last presidential election when only 8,000 cast ballots during the entire advanced voting period.

And people aren't only showing up to vote in record numbers, out of 73,000 mail ballots sent out the election office has already gotten back 50,000.

That means so far in all nearly one in every four registered voters have already cast their ballots.

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