Kansas officials see statewide surge in advance voting

TOPEKA | Election officials in Kansas are seeing a surge of interest in advance voting.

Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh says a third of the ballots could be cast before the Nov. 4 election.

In a few places, the percentage could be even higher. Johnson County Election Commissioner Brian Newby says 40 percent of Johnson County's residents could vote in advance.

In the last presidential election in 2004, 20 percent of the voters cast their ballots in advance.

This year, Thornburgh said, requests for advance ballots are more than 50 percent higher.

In Shawnee County, more than 700 people showed up at the election commissioner's office when advance balloting opened Tuesday.