As a Kansas voter, there are multiple options to cast a ballot on or before Election Day. Registered voters can vote in person at select locations around the state, or they can submit absentee ballots. Understanding how individuals vote in your community can help when making campaign decisions, measuring the impact of elections, tracking progress, and so much more.
While this data can be very helpful when looking to the past, it is more helpful in the moment to see trends and incoming information. In our state, we can see daily running totals of the ballots sent to voters, ballots returned to a local election authority, and the number of voters who have voted in person at available early voting sites.
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The above table shows, as of Monday, July 27th, more than 306,000 primary ballots have been mailed to Kansas registered voters. Yet just under 89,000 (28%) have been returned. In Kansas, all absentee ballots must be postmarked by the date of the election (August 4 in this case) to be counted. Therefore, we can expect the number of returned ballots to increase dramatically in the coming days.
August 4th – Election Day Update
Today marks the largest percentage increase of ballots returned in a single day (excluding the Monday, August 27th weekend numbers). As of polls opening on Election Day more than 265,600 Kansans voted early either by absentee ballot or in person at a local election authority. This is approximately 12% of registered Kansas voters.