Satellite voting locations open

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The signs are up, doors are open and early voting is underway at multiple sites throughout in Sedgwick County.

“I can’t be sure that I’d be able to vote on Tuesday so I wanted to be able to make sure my vote counted today,” said Christy Brown an early voter. “What’s that quote? All politics is local. You should really do your local elections, for sure. President is important but local elections may affect you more.”

One big reason for busy polls – the race for Wichita mayor.

“This local race has been a little controversial,” said DeAnne Coote, another early voter. “We wanted to make our choice and we like getting ahead of the crowd.”

That interest is certainly shared but not just at the polling place. It’s also at the mailbox.

The last time Wichita elected a mayor was in 2015, when 6,500 mail-in ballots were requested. This year, it’s up to 13,000.

“Ballot by mail numbers are more than double. We’ve seen a significant increase,” said Tabitha Lehman, the Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner. “Early vote numbers look very strong and significant increase over 2015.”

Interest in these local races may typically be lower, but a lot of voters say it’s different his year and these races are just as important.

“I think everybody should have their right to make their choice, make their voice heard and their vote count,” Coote said. “That’s why we’re here today.”

For a list of satellite polling places open through Saturday, click here.

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