About 62.5 percent of registered voters in Leavenworth County cast their ballots in Tuesday's General Election, according to data from the County Clerk's office.
There were 46,128 voters registered for the election and a total of 28,828 ballots cast. Janet Klasinski, who herself won re-election in an uncontested race, said the final figure was less than that from 2008, when about 73 percent of registered voters went to the polls.
But the figure is higher than a typical primary or mid-term election, meaning that the first returns didn't arrive at the Courthouse to be counted until about an hour after the polls closed at 7 p.m.
“I think because of the higher turnout it took a little longer to balance,” Klasinski said.
Clerk's office employees reported Tuesday night that a line at one southern county polling place had about 110 voters in it at 7 p.m. Janette Holdeman, a poll worker in Lansing, said her site was busy for most of the day.
“It was a madhouse,” she said.
Turnout did vary by location, Klasinski said. For instance, one site in the city of Leavenworth reported about 40 percent turnout, while one of the two sites in Stranger Township had about 75 percent of its registered voters cast a ballot.
“County precincts in general had a higher turnout than the city precincts,” in general, she said.
Klasinski said 9,200 ballots were cast in advance, falling short of 2010 totals but in line with a general rule of thumb that advance voting makes up about 30 percent of total turnout.
None of the sites Klasinski said she visited throughout the day reported much in the way of problems related to the new voter ID requirements instituted statewide, though one voter did reportedly protest the requirements at one polling place.
Klasinski said a total of 1,225 provisional ballots were cast during the election. Those ballots will be reviewed, and the official results certified, when the county canvasses the votes in a public session at 9 a.m. Nov. 15.