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Biggs predicts a 19 percent turnout for Kansas primary

TOPEKA – Secretary of State Chris Biggs challenged Kansas voters on Friday to prove his 19 percent voter turnout prediction wrong.

That means of the state’s 1.7 million registered voters 324,000 are expected to cast ballots. That compares to 371,121 voters who participated in the 2008 primary or 22.45 percent of 1.65 million registered voters.

Biggs also said he was encouraged to see more Kansans registering to vote.

Total voter registration was 53,827 people more than in 2008; that figure includes Libertarian and Reform party voters.

Unaffiliated and Democratic voters saw the largest registration surge.

The number of unaffiliated voters increased by 38,764 to 490,395 voters, while the number of people registered as Democrats increased 11,260, bringing the total to 460,318.

Republicans still lead the state in the number of registered voters — 744,975 for this cycle — but their numbers increased the least with 3,189.

For more, read Saturday’s Wichita Eagle.