Election Day kicks off with plenty of voters
WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE)- “I did go back and forth between which one I wanted to vote for,” said Shenay Dewberry, one voter in the Wichita mayoral race.
It is election day across Kansas, and the Wichita mayoral race is at the top of most peoples minds.
“Going out and voting was important because you need the right person to manage a lot of people,” said Kendall Norrod, a voter.
Voters decided who they were going to vote for in a variety of ways, including social media and televised debates.
“I basically just did some research on my own,” said Nadine Chapman, a voter.
“The debates have helped quite a bit with me forming my opinion,” said Arlene Piatkowski, a voter.
“I had pretty much made up my mind when I saw who the candidates were,” said Michael Lindebak, another voter.
Issues like infrastructure, taxes, education, and homelessness were all mentioned in the poll lines and appear to be key issues for voters.
“I think it’s our civic duty to vote every time we’re able,” said Barbara Dodson.
Election officials are predicting 25% voter turnout for this election, but final turnout numbers will not be available until later tonight.
“Well, I’m just one of those people that realize that if you don't vote, you don't need to complain. But I will say this, I was in and out in less than five minutes by far and away the quickest response I've ever had. Everybody was polite and efficient and so Wichita get out and vote. It didn't take that long,” said Rick Stevenson.
“The world is changing a lot and the only thing you can do possibly is vote and pray so I’m going to do both,” said Piatkowski.