Low Primary Voter Turnout Expected in Kansas

By: AP
By: AP

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh predicts voter turnout in Tuesday's primary elections will be the second lowest since 1990.

He said Friday the prediction is based on the lack of contested primaries on the ballot throughout the state and no statewide race with a close primary.

He said 48 contested primaries will be on the ballot Tuesday, compared with 84 in 2004.

Thornburgh said he expects 319,000 ballots to be cast, or about 19 percent of the registered voters. The lowest turnout was in 2006, when fewer than 299,000 people voted, about 18 percent of registered voters.

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