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


NEWS RELEASE

 

 

For Immediate Release
Friday, October 31, 2008

Contact Information:
Stephanie Meyer, Public Information Officer
Office of the Secretary of State
(785) 296-8571
stephaniew@kssos.org

THORNBURGH PREDICTS
RECORD VOTER TURNOUT

Topeka, KS – Today, Kansas Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh predicted a record-breaking turnout for the upcoming general election.

“Given the historic nature of the upcoming presidential election, coupled with the impressive advance voting efforts across the state, I believe that Kansas will see a record number of our citizens at the polls on Election Day,” said Thornburgh.

The Secretary of State’s office predicts approximately 1,364,810 voters will turnout for the November 4 general election, or roughly 78%. This figure represents a 151,702 person increase from the 2004 general election turnout, which currently holds the record. In that race, 1,213,108 went to the polls, out of 1,694,365 registered.

“This election has generated an unbelievable amount of excitement and enthusiasm. From the top of the ticket to the bottom, Kansans have a number of interesting races and local questions on their ballots – and it looks as though that is translating into a very high turnout,” said Thornburgh.

Advance voting, one of the leading indicators of turnout, is also on pace to exceed previous numbers. As of this morning, 305,196 ballots have been requested, with 233,228 cast across the state. The current record was set in 2004, when 245,680 advance votes were cast.

“During this election cycle, we have seen an unprecedented effort on the part of political parties, candidates, and election officials to encourage advance voting. Now more than ever, we are truly seeing the beginning of an election period, rather than a single Election Day,” said Thornburgh.

As of today, 1,749,756 voters are eligible to participate in the general election.

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


Democratic – 484,707
Libertarian – 9,786
Reform – 1,361
Republican – 771,019
Unaffiliated – 482,883
Total – 1,749,756

Previous General Election Results

Year

Registered Voters

Turnout

Percent

1998

1,513,685

751,505

50%

2000

1,622,131

1,083,264

67%

2002

1,615,333

840,243

52%

2004

1,694,365

1,213,108

72%

2006

1,663,017

864,294

52%

Thornburgh also outlined five things voters should remember as they prepare to go to the polls on Election Day:

1. Expect a Ballot. If a voter is not on the list of registered voters or forgets to bring identification, he/she can ask for a provisional ballot. Poll workers can tell him/her how to check to make sure their vote counted.

2. Find your polling place. Visit www.voteks.org and click on the “Kansas VoterView” link to locate information regarding your voter registration and polling place location. The Secretary of State’s office has also partnered with Google to provide directions to your polling place. For directions, visit http://maps.google.com/vote.

3. Bring I.D . State law requires first time voters to show identification at any of the following times: at the time of registration; after registration and before Election Day; on Election Day; or after Election Day and before the county canvass. A first time voter is someone who has not previously voted in the county where registered. Acceptable forms of identification include: driver’s license or non-driver’s ID card; bank statement; paycheck; government check; utility bill; and other government documents such as Medicare and Medicaid documents, military ID, student ID or a passport.

4. Leave the campaign materials at home. State law prohibits voters from wearing or distributing any items (including stickers, pins, signs, jackets, t-shirts, hats, etc.) displaying the name of a candidate or campaign within 250 feet of a polling place.

5. Avoid the crowds. Polling places are busiest between 7 and 9 a.m., noon and 1 p.m., and 5 and 7 p.m. If possible, avoid the rush by voting during non-peak hours or by casting an advance ballot.

Election results will be posted on the Secretary of State’s Web site at www.kssos.org, starting at 7 p.m. on November 4.  

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