Election office predicting 14 percent voter turnout next week

Sedgwick County election commissioner Bill Gale updated county commissioners this morning about preparations for next week’s elections for city and school board offices.

“I don’t think we’ll see as low of turnout at the primary, which was 8 percent. I’ve been trying to rub my crystal ball hard,” Gale said, predicting a turnout of 14 percent.

The election office started mailing advance ballots out March 16. The office had mailed out 7,500 advance ballots as of Tuesday, and voters had returned about half of those.

Advance voting in person at the election office started a week ago today. About 200 people have voted in the office so far, Gale said.

Satellite advance voting starts tomorrow. There are 15 satellite locations across the community for advance voting.