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Kansas Secretary of State: Record Primary Voter Turnout Expected

TOPEKA, Kan. (KNS) – The top election official in Kansas is expecting a large turnout for the state’s primary election Tuesday, driven by a constitutional amendment on abortion rights.

Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab predicts 36% of registered voters will cast a ballot. That’s almost 10% more than the 2018 midterm primary election.

The amendment aims to change the state constitution to say there is not a guaranteed right to abortion in Kansas. Schwab says everyone should vote, or else they leave important decisions to others.

“You own this country, you own your community, you own this state — go vote. And I guess that message is resonating, which is a good thing,” he said.

All voters may cast a ballot, regardless of their political affiliation. Early in-person voting ends today (MON) at noon, and polls will be open from at least 7 am to 7 pm on Election Day.

Mailed advance ballots can be returned to polling places or ballot drop boxes. Ballots that are mailed back must be postmarked by election day and received within three days.