So far Sedgwick County is problem-free receiving and processing votes, unlike August election
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) - Amber Noah says no matter what, she always does everything she can to get out and vote in every election. But Tuesday, on her way to her precinct, she couldn't help but feel nervous.
"I was a little, kind of, I was a little worried actually," said Noah. "I rushed out of work, like scared to stand in another line."
She's talking about election day in August. Her voting location at Westview Baptist Church was massively backed up. Noah waited almost 3 hours in the blistering heat just to get inside.
But Tuesday, she says it was the polar opposite – in and out in 10 minutes. She says she thinks it's because of better staffing.
"There was a lot more people inside the building, I want to say this time. Well, the last time in August, there was three. Three people," said Noah.
Noah says it's evident that election leaders learned from the mistakes in August.
Sedgwick County says Tuesday was incredibly busy with a 44% voter turnout, but so far, there hasn't been a single problem. It says workers are processing ballots productively and are well on target to finish before Canvass on November 18.
Noah says no matter who wins each race when the results are final, she hopes leaders will make citizens their top priority. She says while she's glad the lines were short; voting is a right she'll never take for granted.
"The reason why I vote is because at some point in history, in women's history, somebody fought for my right to vote, for my ability to vote. So, I feel like it's my obligation to vote no matter what side I decide to vote on," said Noah.
The county says it's processing 27,000 mail-in ballots, as well as 3,000 provisional ballots that will be researched and prepared for the November 18 Canvass.