If the push to cast ballots in person during the final days of Sedgwick County’s advance voting is any indication, the local turnout for Tuesday’s primary election may be better than the 15 percent projected.
Shortly before advance in-person voting ended at noon Monday at the county election commissioner’s office, 5,933 had voted, officials said. That far exceeds the 3,257 who voted in person in advance for the 2008 primary, when there was a 15 percent turnout in the county.
Less than 750 people had voted in person a week before the election, but the pace picked up between Thursday and Saturday when the number of polling sites expanded to 16.
In the 2010 primary, when there was a 25 percent turnout in the county, 6,654 people voted in person in advance.
Tuesday’s election has a number of high-profile Republican primaries, including the district attorney and sheriff’s races. The GOP primary will decide who is the next DA because there is no Democrat opponent for Novermber’s general election.