Polls open until 7 p.m.

With the campaigning over, this year’s election is now in the hands of voters.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. today.

Leavenworth County residents who are unsure about their designated voting locations can contact the County Clerk's Office at 913-684-0421.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski is now predicting that voter turnout in Leavenworth County could be as high as 50 percent for today’s midterm election.

A number of local residents took advantage of early voting ahead of Election Day.

Early voting ended at noon Monday at the Leavenworth County Courthouse. Klasinski said 6,385 people participated in early voting at the courthouse or during special events in Tonganoxie and Basehor.

And as of Monday afternoon, 3,539 people had returned advance ballots they had requested through the mail. Klasinski said people can still return advance ballots today.

“We’re expecting a lot more to come in through the mail,” she said.

In addition to a congressional race, a number of races for state offices appear on the ballot this year. Some voters in the county also will be deciding on one of two County Commission races. And all voters in the county will be deciding on whether to expand the County Commission from three members to five.

Some voters may want to carry umbrellas as they head to the polls.

There is a chance for rain today, mainly after 2 p.m., according to a National Weather Service forecast for the city of Leavenworth.

Leavenworth County Republicans are planning a watch party this evening at the Heritage Center, 109 Delaware St.

Democrats will be gathering at their party’s Leavenworth County headquarters, 618 Cherokee St.

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