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Kansas Primary Vote Turnout High

Kansas had a relatively high turnout in its primary election, and the voting methods most preferred by Republicans and Democrats appeared to reflect a partisan divide across the U.S. over the coronavirus.

The State Board of Canvassers certified election results that showed about 636,000 votes were cast in the August 4th election, meaning 34.2% of the state’s nearly 1.9 million registered voters participated.

The secretary of state’s office said the primary turnout in 2018 was 27.1%, and was 23.5% in 2016, the year of the last presidential election.

About 261,000 voters, or 41%, cast mail-in ballots amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The secretary of state’s office said roughly two-thirds of Democratic voters used mail-in ballots, while roughly two-thirds of Republicans preferred to vote in person.

Republicans generally have been more optimistic in assessing whether the coronavirus is under control, and view President Donald Trump’s handling of the pandemic more favorably.

Democrats are more critical of Trump and more pessimistic as coronavirus cases continue to increase.

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