Early voter turnout tallies lower than projections

260 precincts left to tally
Voters cast ballots in a shelter house at Lake Shawnee Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Topeka, Kan. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Voter turnout for Tuesday’s general midterm election was slightly lower than projections across the state and in Shawnee County.

 

Final unofficial results from the Kansas Secretary of State showed 843,440 votes cast in the gubernatorial race — or 48.5 percent of the 1.74 million registered voters in the state.

In Shawnee County, 62,875 votes were cast, amounting to 59.3 percent of the county’s 106,042 registered voters.

Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Oct. 30 estimated voter turnout at 50 percent — or 872,000 of about 1.74 million registered voters. Shawnee County Election commissioner Andrew Howell guessed the local voter turnout would be 62 percent.

Shortly after 7 p.m., Howell guessed it could go higher than his projection: Multiple precincts reported 40 percent turnout as early as 4 p.m., he said.

“That’s pretty decent,” Howell said.

Midterm elections in Kansas historically have brought out about 50 percent of the state’s registered voters, while Shawnee County’s voter turnout generally climbs into the 60 percent range.

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