The voting lines could be long on Nov. 8 in this presidential election year. Here’s the best way to avoid them.
Starting this morning (Oct. 24), Johnson County residents can vote in advance, in person. Wyandotte County’s early in-person voting begins Tuesday.
Johnson County Election Commissioner Ronnie Metsker recently laid out this scenario for KMBC-TV: “If we get to 50 percent or greater (voting early), that will help immensely. We’re talking 400,000 registered voters in Johnson County. Eighty percent turnout would mean 320,000 voters. If we have 160,000 people vote early, that leaves us 160,000 on voting day, Nov. 8. That would help a lot.”
Take a good look at those numbers. It means many local voters already have made up their minds about who’s going to get their support in the presidential race as well as in crucial Kansas House and Senate races. These people are ready to cast their votes.
Especially in Johnson County, that means many Democratic and moderate Republican candidates and their supporters are running out of time, day by day, to sway voters to their sides.
So who should get your votes?
I also have endorsed retaining all five Kansas Supreme Court justices in this post.
Finally, here’s my “yes” for the new Johnson County Courthouse sales tax.