Eighty voters in Sedgwick County showed up at the polls without an ID, election commissioner Tabitha Lehman said Thursday as commissioners met to canvass votes from the Nov. 6 general election.
Nineteen of those 80 people eventually provided proof that they were eligible to vote, Lehman said. The rest did not, and their votes won’t be counted.
Commissioners considered several boxes of provisional ballots, deciding which ones to count and which to throw out. After the canvass, Lehman’s staff began counting those that weren’t tossed out.
Just shy of 180,000 people, or 65 percent of registered voters, cast a ballot in last week’s election, Lehman said. Of those who voted, 52 percent did so in advance by mail or by voting early.
Some notable numbers from the canvass:
The number of write-ins didn’t just beat previous records, “it blew the record out of the water,” Lehman said.
Voters wrote in about 20,000 suggestions in district court judicial races.
Canvassers will meet again at 1:30 p.m. Friday after the votes they allowed Thursday have been counted.