RON THORNBURGH
Secretary of State
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STATE OF KANSAS
Memorial Hall, 1st Floor
120 SW 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612-1594
(785) 296-4564
www.kssos.org


MEDIA RELEASE

For Immediate Release
Friday, July 30, 2004

Contact Information
Jesse Borjon, Communications Director
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-4580
jesseb@kssos.org

THORNBURGH PREDICTS MODEST
INCREASE IN VOTER TURNOUT

Topeka, KS – Today, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh projected a modest increase in voter turnout for the upcoming primary election.


“Kansas will see a modest increase in voter turnout for the primary election,” stated Thornburgh. “The total number of registered voters in Kansas has increased over the past several years. Advance voting is up from previous years; a larger than average number of seats are contested in the primary; and several counties have special questions on the ballot this year. All of these components will result in a greater number of voters going to the polls on election day.”


The Secretary of State’s office projected approximately 430,000 voters will turnout for the August 3 primary election. This figure represents approximately a 4,500 person increase from the 2000 primary election turnout, when 425,568 out of 1,543,873 eligible voters casts ballots.


This year, 1,580,723 voters are eligible to participate in the primary election because only registered Democrats, Republicans and unaffiliated are eligible to vote in the primary. Anyone who is registered as an unaffiliated voter can, on election day, choose to vote in the Democrat primary. Unaffiliated voters wanting to vote in the Republican primary will be required to affiliate with the political party by completing an affiliation form available at the polls on election day.


The number of voters affiliated with each recognized political party includes:


Democratic – 428,728
Libertarian – 9,019
Reform – 1,686
Republican – 730,049
Unaffiliated – 421,946
Total – 1,591,428


Election results will be posted on the Secretary of State’s website at www.kssos.org, starting at 7 p.m. on August 3. The election results will be offered on a new and improved interactive mapping system and users can access results by clicking on each county.


Primary Election Results
Year Registered Voters Turnout Percent
1990 1,166,031 481,788 41%
1992 1,187,515 516,532 43%
1994 1,273,648 458,336 36%
1996 1,352,393 532,294 39%
1998 1,493,779 439,463 29%
2000 1,557,692 425,568 27%
2002 1,588,859 410,703 26%


- Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee and Wyandotte counties make up 45 percent of the total registered voters.


- The top 10 counties include Johnson, Sedgwick, Shawnee, Wyandotte, Douglas, Reno, Leavenworth, Saline, Butler and Riley. They make up 60 percent of total registered voters.


July 19, 2004 Voter Registration Data


 
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