Clerk predicts 75% voter turnout


The county clerk is predicting a 75% voter turnout for Tuesday’s election.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski said the county had a 68% turnout for the 2016 presidential election.

“I think we will have a bigger turnout,” she said.

As of Thursday morning, there already had been a 38% voter turnout as a result of early voting and returned advance ballots, Klasinski said.

People have been able to vote early at the Leavenworth County Courthouse since Oct. 14. This past week, the County Clerk’s Office set up an early voting site for one day in Basehor. An early voting site also was set up for one day in Tonganoxie.

Klasinski said more than 2,000 people voted early in Basehor and Tonganoxie. She said this is the largest turnout she has ever seen for early voting in those two cities.

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab is predicting a 70% turnout for the entire state of Kansas for Tuesday’s election.

Klasinski said she already has seen many first-time voters this year.

“They’re pretty enthusiastic,” she said.

Early voting will continue until noon Monday at the courthouse.

Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday at locations throughout the county.

Voters who are unsure about their polling location can contact the County Clerk’s Office at 913-684-0421.

Klasinski said precautions are being taken to try to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus at polling sites. Election workers will be wearing masks or face shields.

People who feel ill on Election Day can contact the Clerk’s Office to make special arrangements for voting. Klasinski said a staff member can deliver a ballot to someone’s vehicle outside of the courthouse. She said someone can pick up a ballot for a sick or disabled person.

Schwab has said voters cannot be prevented from voting if they choose not to wear a mask.

Schwab said in news release that the Kansas Constitution establishes only three criteria for being qualified to vote – age, citizenship and residence.

Klasinski said state law does not allow campaigning to take place at polling locations. She said the law prohibits people from wearing hats, shirts, buttons and other materials, including masks, that advocate for particular candidates.

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