Wichita voters choose city, school candidates today

Wichita voters will head to the polls today to narrow the field of candidates for the April 5 general election.

Only Wichita voters have primary elections in Sedgwick County. They will choose candidates to advance in these races:

* Wichita mayor

* Wichita City Council District 2, which covers a swath of east Wichita

* Wichita City Council District 3, in south and southeast Wichita

* Wichita City Council District 4, in south and southwest Wichita

* Wichita school board, at-large seat.

"I haven't heard any reports on turnout yet to get a feel at all," Sedgwick County Election Commissioner Bill Gale said.

No problems have been reported at polling sites other than common questions poll workers have, he said.

Residents must live in a council district to vote on that race; everyone in the city or school district can vote for mayor or the school board seat.

Sedgwick County voters can vote from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. To find your assigned polling place, check your voter card, call the election office at 316-660-7100, or go to

Most voters should not need to show identification to vote; some first-time voters could be asked to show ID.

In Butler County, only residents of Augusta's City Council Ward 4 may vote in a primary. They can vote from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 2420 Ohio, Augusta.

In Sedgwick County, a 9 percent turnout is expected, said Bill Gale, county election commissioner.

More than 3,400 people voted in advance — 844 in person and 2,600 by mail so far. Mail-in ballots can be submitted until 7 p.m. today at the Sedgwick County Election Office, 510 N. Main, Wichita.

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