Advance voting going well for next week’s primary

vote 2010 headerSedgwick County’s elections office has mailed out 13,000 advance ballots for next week’s primary, and voters have returned about half those, elections commissioner Bill Gale told commissioners this morning.

During the 2008 primary, the office sent out 10,000 advance ballots, Gale said.

Early voting in person opened last week at the elections office at the historic courthouse, and about 750 have voted there so far, Gale said. That’s about 33 percent more than at this time for the 2008 primary, he said.

The county’s 15 satellite voting centers open Thursday.

Today is the last day voters can request an advance ballot. Friday will be the last day the office mails them out. Advance ballots must be returned by 7 p.m. on election day, Aug. 3.

Gale is anticipating a 20 percent turnout for the primary compared with 15 percent in 2008 and 16 percent in 2006.