Elections office 'overrun' with questions about writing in a candidate

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WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) -

Early voting has already begun and so have the questions to the Sedgwick County Elections Office.

“We were being overrun with calls asking how to do it,” said Tabitha Lehman, the elections commissioner. “Calls and emails asking how do we do this? How do we do this?”

Leman is referring to the write-in option in the race for mayor. The county has had so many questions about how to write in a candidate, it produced a video explainer – showing people the option to touch if using an electronic machine and how to fill out the write-in portion on a paper ballot.

The questions likely came after Lyndy Wells announced he was launching a write-in campaign last week. Election workers said this is not the first time there’s been interest in a write-in.

In 2003, there were nearly 17,000 write-ins submitted. Every single one of those had to be physically counted.

So depending on the number of write-inn’s, election night results could take a little bit longer.

“The more write-ins there are, the longer it takes the voting machines to close down, save the results and get sent back to the elections office,” she said.

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