Topeka's Tuesday Vote At Heritage Hall, Advance Voting Rush

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The impending weather brought a big change for Tuesday's primary elections in Topeka - and a flood of voters to the Shawnee County Elections Office Monday.

Advance voting was to end at noon Monday, but, with statewide weather problems and no provision in law to postpone an election, Secretary of State Kris Kobach extended that to 7 pm Monday.

The Shawnee County Elections Office saw 752 people vote in advance Monday alone.

Tuesday, Elections Commissioner Andrew Howell announced all voting will be held at the Expocenter's Heritage Hall, SW 17th and Topeka Blvd. Polls will be open from 7 am to 7 pm. No other precinct polling places will be open.

Howell says it's the best option for ensuring the primary runs smoothly.

"We are doing the best we can to get a place that needs to function as a voting center and that the machines are ready to go," Howell said. "I cannot do that across 70 polling places with this weather condition."

But Larry Wolgast, who's running for mayor against Michael Ogle and Randal Trackwell, said he's concerned by the change. He says a single location might make it impossible for some voters to get to the polls.

In addition to Topeka Mayor, City Council Districts 2 and 5 also have primaries.

For additional information, contact the Shawnee County Election Office at 785-266-0285.