Archive for Tuesday, August 1, 2006

Vote today

Polls open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. in primary balloting

August 1, 2006

Electronic voting in Leavenworth County gets its first real test today when voters go to the polls for a primary election.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m., and voters here will be using the new iVotronic electronic voting machines purchased this year by the county to comply with federal legislation.

County Clerk Linda Scheer wasn't offering a specific prediction on turnout for Tuesday's primary, though she said she didn't expect voters to turn out in large numbers. Four years ago, 16.3 percent of Leavenworth County voters turned out for the August primary.

She noted, for example, Democratic voters have only a few races in which to select candidates, including the 1st District Kansas State Board of Education representative and the party's nominee for secretary of state.

On the Republican side, marquee races include selecting nominees for governor, insurance commissioner and 1st District County Commission.

"Primary elections just don't have the turnouts that general elections do," Scheer said.

Once the primary election is completed, the candidates - and Scheer - will turn their focus to the Nov. 7 general election.

¢ For results from Leavenworth County voting, check back at lansingcurrent.com after polls close tonight.

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