Nearly half of Kansas’ registered voters expected to participate in election

Less than half of Kansas’ registered voters are expected to cast ballots in Tuesday’s general election. Secretary of State Chris Biggs predicted a 47.5 percent statewide turnout, or 820,000 of Kansas’ 1.7 million registered voters.

Turnout for the 2006 and 2002 midterm elections was 52 percent, and it was 50 percent in 1998, the office reported.

As of Friday morning, 191,083 advance ballots had been mailed to voters and 126,119 had been returned and 53,284 had been cast at satellite voting locations.

The Missouri secretary of state predicted a 51 percent turnout in that state, prompting Biggs to challenge Kansas voters to try to exceed that prediction.

Election Day is Tuesday. Advance voting in person ends noon Monday.

By Scott Rothschild

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