Early voting continues to shatter records in Johnson County

Posted at 10:39 AM, Oct 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-21 11:40:00-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Voters nationally and locally continue to use the 2020 general elections to redefine what “Election Day” means.

Johnson County, Kansas, Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt tweeted Wednesday morning that the county has mailed out 157,506 ballots to Johnson County voters.

That’s nearly three times the number of ballots mailed in 2016 when 53,041 ballots were mailed.

One reason for the jump comes from the increase in the number of registered voters. Schmidt tweeted that the county now has at least 460,000 registered voters, a nearly 13 percent increase from the 407,500 registered voters in 2016.

Schmidt said that as of Wednesday morning, nearly 87,000 Johnson County residents had already cast ballots. Of that group, roughly 25,000 people have voted in person since in-person advance voting started on Oct. 17. Nearly 58,000 ballots have been received either by mail or at one of the county’s drop boxes.

In-person early voting in Johnson County continues at several locations. Dates and times are available at

The deadline to request a mail-in ballot Tuesday, Oct. 27, though election officials urge voters not to wait until the deadline.