Archive for Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Johnson County Election Office officials expect to post first results from 8 to 8:30 p.m.

November 4, 2008

Even on Election Day it’s not known how many registered voters there are in Johnson County, but it is known there is a record number.

Sarah Horn, election systems manager for the Johnson County Election Office, said there was more than 363,000 registered voters in the county. Just how many more she doesn’t know because she didn’t have time to tabulate all the late registrations sent to the county by the Kansas Secretary of State’s Office.

“I have the number is the computer, but I haven’t been able to work with them,” Horn said. “There’s just too many things to be done.”

This county broke the record set in the 2004 presidential election of 348,000 registered voters.

Things did seem to be going well at the polls, Horn said. Much of that could be because of the number of county residents who voted in advance.

Horn said more than 86,000 residents came to early voting sites and another 60,000-plus mail-in ballots were issued. She had not had an opportunity to update the number of returned mail-in ballots, she said.

Those ballots were being counted Tuesday and the election office was looking to post advance voting totals from about 8 to 8:30 p.m., Horn said. The election office is also planning to update numbers before 10 p.m. for news casts, she said.

Johnson County polls opened at 6 a.m. today and anyone in line at 7 p.m. will be allowed to vote, Horn said.

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