Polls open across Kansas

Topekans cast votes at Heritage Hall Tuesday morning (Alec Gartner - KSNT News)
Topekans cast votes at Heritage Hall Tuesday morning (Alec Gartner - KSNT News)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas voters are casting their ballots in an election that is expected to draw record turnout.

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.

Republican nominee Donald Trump was expected to carry Kansas in the presidential race, and GOP Sen. Jerry Moran was headed to an easy re-election victory in Tuesday’s election.

Kansas was always seen as safe for Trump because a Democrat hasn’t won the state since Lyndon Johnson in 1964.

Moran faced little-known Lawrence attorney and accountant Patrick Wiesner in seeking a second, two-year term in the Senate.

Voters were likely to approve an amendment to the state constitution to protect hunting and fishing. Republicans anticipated winning all four of the state’s U.S. House seats.

Polls are to open by 7 a.m. statewide.

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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