Early voting has been brisk for this fall's city/school election — likely the product of controversial issues, the timing of the election and concerted efforts to improve advance balloting.
"People are pushing more for advanced voting," said Rick Piepho, Harvey County Clerk. "You are getting more advanced voting and fewer at regular poll sites."
Four days into early voting, 228 votes had been cast. In 2015, 124 votes had been cast in the city/school election.
The 2015 ballot did not have a school bond issue, the sale of a public park referendum or a fall election working in its favor.
The 2017 election, which will end with the traditional election day Nov. 7, features a more than $60 million school bond along with a ballot question of whether or not the county should sell Camp Hawk.
This election is also the first odd-numbered year city/school election to be held in the fall. Previous to action taken by the state legislature, those elections happened in the spring.
"To the legislature, if we have a high turnout, we are going to point to the November election," Piepho said.
Piepho told The Kansan expectations for city/school elections are for a 25 percent turnout.
"I think it will be higher, 30 to 32 percent," Piepho.
Advanced voting at the courthouse will be available from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Nov. 2 and 3, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 4 and 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 6. The polling station is in the community room in the basement of the Harvey County Courthouse, 800 N. Main.