OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (KNS) – Advance voting in Kansas is down compared to four years ago. It appears the swell of voter turnout caused by an abortion issue in the primary election is not continuing into the fall.
The Kansas Secretary of State’s Office reports 205,000 advance ballots have been cast so far. That’s about 30,000 fewer than at the same time in 2018.
During the primary, Kansas voters turned out in big numbers and rejected an amendment to the state constitution that would have said the state constitution does not include a right to abortion. Some hoped to see that voter enthusiasm carry over to the general election. But Russell Arben Fox, a political scientist at Friends University in Wichita, says that hasn’t materialized. He says the early numbers lack the swell of abortion advocates who were motivated to vote in the August primary. “You’re not seeing the huge push that a lot of people, mostly Democrats, were hoping to see,” he said.
Early voting is open until noon on November 7. Mail-in ballots must be postmarked by Election Day on November 8.