Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicted Thursday that 68 percent of the state’s registered voters will vote in this year’s general election before the polls close Tuesday, down 4 percent from the number who cast ballots four years ago in the last presidential election year.
Kobach said in a news release he expects about 1.2 million ballots will be cast from the state’s nearly 1.8 million registered voters.
He pointed to the number of advance ballots cast so far as an indicator why he expects a smaller turnout than in 2008. As of Thursday, 244,964 advance ballots have been cast statewide either by mail or in person, which is down significantly from 2008, Kobach said.
Kansas has seen a 72 percent turnout in the past two presidential election cycles, preceded by a 67 percent turnout in 2000.
Last week, Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Tabitha Lehman predicted 70 percent of the county’s approximately 272,000 registered voters would cast ballots.