By Kim Wilhelm
KWCH 12 Eyewitness News
1:59 PM CDT, August 8, 2012
(SEDGWICK COUNTY, Kan.)
Voter turnout across Kansas was higher than expected in Tuesday's primary. 22.8% of registered voters cast ballots, that's 392,142 Kansans. Secretary of State Kris Kobach had predicted an 18% turnout statewide.
"I am delighted that more Kansas voters participated than we expected," said Kobach. "Although I would prefer to see turnout much higher than 22.8%, it is nevertheless good news that Kansas voters turned out in higher numbers than we estimated."
Turnout was also higher than predicted in Sedgwick County. The Sedgwick County Election Commissioner says 20.3% of county voters cast ballots.
Tabitha Lehman says it was an unusually high turnout for a primary. Only 15 percent of voters participated in the 2008 Sedgwick County primary.
The county with the highest turnout was Greeley County with 64.7%. The lowest participation was in Wyandotte County with 11.3%. The highest population counties had the following turnout results: Johnson County with 17.1%, Sedgwick County with 20.3%, Shawnee County with 27.8% and Wyandotte County with 11.3%.
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