TOPEKA — Slightly less than half of registered Kansas voters are expected to vote in Tuesday's election, a state official predicted Friday.
Of Kansas' 1.72 million registered voters, 820,000, or 47.6 percent, are expected to vote. That is slightly lower than in 2006, when 52 percent of voters voted.
Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Bill Gale predicts a slightly higher turnout in Wichita _ 50 percent.
He said that would be similar to other non-presidential election years. "If you look at four years ago, it was 51, and eight years ago it was 53 percent," he said.
Advance voting continues to grow, both in Sedgwick County and statewide.
Sedgwick County has 260,000 registered voters. So far 10,000 people have voted at satellite polling places and 46,000 have returned advance ballots. The county Election Office mailed out 66,000 advance ballots.
"We'll probably see at least half those that vote in this election vote early," he said.
By Friday morning, 191,083 advance ballots had been mailed out statewide and 129,119 had been returned, the Secretary of State's Office said. At satellite voting locations, 53,284 people had voted.
Kansans are voting on two constitutional ballot questions — the individual right to bear arms and the right of the mentally ill to vote — plus races that include seats in the U.S. Senate and Congress. Sedgwick County residents will elect three county commissioners.