Shawnee County Election Office makes voter turnout prediction

TOPEKA (KSNT) – Poll workers in Shawnee County have received a three hour preparation course for Tuesday.

“As a poll worker I’m very confident,” poll worker Shirley Evans said.

Part of the course includes learning how to use the relatively new poll pads.

“And these poll pads are where people show their identification, we scan their name, their name pops up from the voter registration,” Evans said.

The pads are suppose to make the voting process faster. But during the August primary there was a problem of one poll worker not following directions.There are about 520 poll workers who will be working on Tuesday’s election in Shawnee County. That’s more than the county used during the primary election. The goal of the course is to teach workers how to make things go smoothly.

“The electronic poll books are still fairly new in Shawnee County, so we spent quite a bit of time talking about the electronic poll book,” Shawnee County Election Commissioner Andrew Howell said.

Howell predicts a 62% turnout for Shawnee County, higher than the statewide average of 50% made by the Secretary of State Thursday. Voters will be able to cast their advance votes at the Shawnee County Election Office until Monday at noon. Polls on Tuesday will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

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