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Lana Calhoun of the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan., right, showed her photo identification before casting an advance vote this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)
Lana Calhoun of the Turner area of Kansas City, Kan., right, showed her photo identification before casting an advance vote this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave., Kansas City, Kan. (Staff photo by Mary Rupert)

by Mary Rupert
About 49 people had voted by noon Saturday at the downtown Election Office, casting advance ballots for the general election, according to Wyandotte County Election Commissioner Bruce Newby.

He said more than 200 people voted this morning at the satellite voting site at the Kansas Speedway near 110th and I-70 in Wyandotte County.

There were no lines at the downtown Election Office at 850 State Ave. at midday today, as advance voting expanded to include Saturday hours. Two persons were waiting outside when the doors opened, election workers said. The two voting sites will be open through 3 p.m. today.

The downtown Election Office has been open for advance voting since Tuesday. So far, there have been 691 advance votes cast at the downtown office, he added.

By mail, 4,702 advance ballots have been sent out so far, and 2,163 have already been returned, Newby said.

The two advance voting sites also will be open during weekdays before the election. For the schedule, see the link below.

Newby said he expected voter turnout for the Nov. 4 election to be characteristic of a midterm election. The last two midterm elections were 39.4 percent and 39.9 percent, he said, so his prediction for this election is 40 percent, plus or minus 2 percent.

He’d like to see a higher turnout. “Voters can prove me wrong, and they’re more than welcome to do that,” he said.

Newby said the numbers of people who use the two voting sites for advance voting will be counted, and because of the cost of staffing the office, usage will determine whether it will be offered in the future.

Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., who stopped by the Election Office today, said that there are plans to hold a “Get Out the Vote” rally in the downtown area near the Brotherhood Bank parking lot next Saturday. Sen. Haley added there were some things about current elections that he didn’t like, such as more screening of the voters through proving citizenship and showing identification, but he liked the Saturday advance voting hours.

For an earlier story on advance voting and the hours it is available, see http://wyandottedaily.com/saturday-advance-voting-opens-today-at-two-sites/.

State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., left, chatted with Election Commissioner Bruce Newby this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave. (Staff photo)
State Sen. David Haley, D-4th Dist., left, chatted with Election Commissioner Bruce Newby this morning at the Election Office, 850 State Ave. (Staff photo)

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Patchy fog greeted residents of Wyandotte County on Saturday morning. This scene is at Camp Naish at Bonner Springs. Today’s weather will be sunny with a high near 78, according to the National Weather Service. Sunday, look for sunny skies and a high near 82. Rain may move into the picture on Monday night.

Two polling places in Wyandotte County will be open for advance voting today.

They are the Election Office at 850 State Ave., and the Speedway satellite polling place near I-70 at 110th Street.

Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25. There also will be advance voting at these two sites on Saturday, Nov. 1.

The Speedway satellite polling place has touch-screen voting only.

Advance voting also is open on the weekdays before the Nov. 4 election.

The Election Office, 850 State Ave., will be open for advance voting:
8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31;
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and Nov. 1.

The satellite site at the Kansas Speedway, near I-70 and 110h Street, will be open for touchscreen voting only:
9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 25, and Nov. 1;
10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday, Oct. 27, through Friday, Oct. 31.
Directions: Take State Avenue to Village West Parkway, turn south on Village West Parkway, continue to its end at the intersection of 110th Street and Speedway Boulevard, turn right to Speedway Boulevard, then shortly afterward, turn left into the driveway for the Speedway voting place.

Voting hours on Election Day, Nov. 4, are 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the regular polling places throughout Wyandotte County.

Besides advance voting and Election Day voting, registered voters may request and receive an advance ballot by mail. Ballots must be returned to the Election Office before Election Day.

Voters must be previously registered to vote, and must bring their driver’s license or other valid photo identification with them to the polls.

For more information visit www.wycovotes.org, www.wycokck.org/election, or call 913-573-8500.

To see an earlier story about advance voting, visit http://wyandottedaily.com/saturday-advance-voting-planned-for-november-election-voter-registration-ends-tuesday-oct-14/.

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