Early voting in Johnson County eclipses 2016 figure

2020 early vote total exceeds 2016 early votes
Posted at 12:04 PM, Oct 27, 2020
and last updated 2020-10-27 13:04:10-04

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — More voters in Johnson County, Kansas, have already cast their ballots for next Tuesday’s election than the number of early votes cast during the entire 2016 election.

As of the close of business Monday, Johnson County Election Commissioner Connie Schmidt tweeted that 183,477 voters had already cast their ballot for the 2020 presidential election. The figure eclipses the 180,657 advance ballots cast by voters for all of the 2016 election.

Voters in Johnson County still have several days to cast their advance ballot. Complete advance voting information is available on the county’s website.

As of Tuesday morning, 74,771 Johnson Countians had voted early in person, and another 108,706 had mailed in their ballots.

Tuesday marks the final day that Kansas voters can request a mail-in ballot. Schmidt tweeted that as of Monday evening, the county had mailed out 162,382 ballots.

There are roughly 451,000 registered voters in Johnson County. The early voting figure as of Monday evening represents 41 percent turnout. The early vote turnout as a percentage of registered voters in 2016 was 44 percent, when there are 407,500 registered voters.

The local figures mirror those seen nationally. On Monday, NPR reported more than 66 million Americans had already cast their ballots, 19 million more pre-election day votes than in 2016.