More than 505,000 Kansas ballots cast early

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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Secretary of State Kris Kobach’s office says the number of early ballots cast in Kansas is 47 percent higher than it was for the last presidential election in 2012.

Kobach’s office said as of early Tuesday morning, more than 505,000 Kansas voters had cast ballots by mail or in person at sites set up by county election officials.

The figure was about 344,000 for the morning of the 2012 election.

Kobach has predicted that a record 1.3 million voters will participate in this year’s election.

Voters have mailed in early ballots at a slightly higher rate than they did in 2012.

Early in-person voting increased nearly 87 percent before it ended at noon Monday.

About 332,000 people cast early ballots in-person this year. The figure for 2012 was 178,000.

In the Kansas City suburb of Mission, 62-year-old Belinda Hedrick voted Tuesday morning for Hillary Clinton. She says she is an independent voter and is disgusted with the way Donald Trump has run his campaign. She also says she hates how the election has “divided our country.”

In Topeka, Republican James Aubey says he voted for Trump because he supported his stance on trade issues. The 55-year-old nurse also said he liked that Trump was discussing immigration.

Early voting was about 40 percent higher than it was before the last presidential election in 2012. Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicted that about 1.3 million voters would participate before polls closed Tuesday.

Early voting was about 40 percent higher than it was before the last presidential election in 2012. Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicted that about 1.3 million voters would participate before polls closed Tuesday.

In Topeka, 55-year-old contractor John Braun voted Monday at the county elections office. He’s politically unaffiliated and voted for Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.

He said tax issues are important to him and he doesn’t like the idea of requiring someone to pay a higher income tax rate because he or she is wealthy. He said people are smart enough to do well financially, they should be allowed to keep their money.

The state has 1.8 million registered voters. Secretary of State Kris Kobach predicted that a record 1.3 million of them would cast ballots for a turnout of 72 percent.

 

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