Heavy Early Voter Turnout at Polls

By: Caroline Brady Email
By: Caroline Brady Email

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Lines formed as early as 5 a.m. Tuesday in anticipation of what's expected to be a busy Election Day.

With polls scheduled to open at 6 a.m. in some places, voters showed up with chairs, books and coffee, ready to get a jump on long lines.

The expected busy day was preceded by a record number of people casting advance ballots in Kansas.

The secretary of state's office said almost 420,000 advance ballots had either been cast in person or mailed in the 105 counties. That breaks down to more than 283,000 mailed ballots and more than 136,000 people voting in person.

The previous record was in 2004, with 245,680 people doing advance voting either by mail or in person. Advance voting started in 1996.

Lines stretched outside the doors of the Riverside polling location when it opened at 6 a.m. Within the first hour, about 200 people voted there.

Poll workers say they expect lines to stay long throughout the day, with the longest lines in the morning and over the lunch break. They say another spike will occur when people begin to go back home for work.

Polls close at 7 p.m. Stay with kake.com for updates to this story throughout the day. Also, go to kakelandvotes.com for the latest in election coverage when the polls close.

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