Kansas primary turnout high; mail ballots show party split
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas had a relatively high turnout in its primary election, and the voting methods most preferred by Republicans and Democrats appeared to reflect a partisan divide across the U.S. over the coronavirus.
The State Board of Canvassers certified election results Friday that showed about 636,000 votes were cast in the Aug. 4 election, meaning 34.2% of the state’s nearly 1.9 million registered voters participated. The board is the governor, attorney general and secretary of state.
The secretary of state’s office said the primary turnout in 2018 was 27.1% and was 23.5% in 2016, the year of the last presidential election. The turnout was significantly higher than it has been in at least a decade.
About 261,000 voters, or 41%, cast mail-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The secretary of state’s office said roughly two-thirds of Democratic voters used mail-in ballots, while roughly two-thirds of Republicans preferred to vote in person.
Republicans generally have been more optimistic in assessing whether the coronavirus is under control and view President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic more favorably. Democrats are more critical of Trump and more pessimistic as coronavirus cases continue to increase.