Possible effects of high early voting turnout

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"It's important for the city to vote and have your voice be heard," said voter Sam Bowman. 

This election, Bowman participated in early voting.He's one of hundreds of voters around Sedgwick County who went to the polls before the November election date to cast a vote. 

The Sedgwick County Elections Office says more than twice the number of people are requesting ballots than the previous mayoral election, and more voters are getting to the polls early. 

"For a local election, and especially a local election in 2019, we're seeing a lot of changes," said Political Science Professor Russell Arben Fox. 

Fox said interest is typically lower in local elections than during a presidential year, but this election is different as the race for Wichita mayor has caught the voters' attention. 

"They are news stories about the water treatment plant and whether Mayor Longwell acted unethically, they're stories about this anonymous accusation against Brandon Whipple, and the exposure of the involvement of certain politicians potentially in spreading that anonymous video," said Fox, "Generally speaking, the rule has been that democrats benefit more from early voting and alternative voting methods."

He says while early voting may favor Brandon Whipple, things could change on November 5th. 

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