Q. I’ve heard if you vote in advance, your vote doesn’t count? Is this true?

Q. I’ve heard if you vote in advance, your vote doesn’t count? Is this true?

A. Advance voting is quite the phenomenon this election season. In a Kansan article on Monday, Joyce Truskett, Harvey County clerk, said nearly 2,000 votes have already been cast in Harvey County, counting advance votes and mail ballots. The clerk’s office is even open for advance voting from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, in addition to the normal 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekday hours. So in light of this, rumors of advance votes not counting are a little scary for those of us wanting to do our civic duty. So what did Truskett have to say about this rumor?

“Absolutely, positively, with every ounce of emphasis I can put on it, it is not true,” she said.

Well, I’m convinced. Vote with confidence, Harvey Countians. Personally, however, I’m waiting until Election Day to hang my chad or whatever procedure is used. I want the privilege of wearing a little “I voted” sticker around all day. Seriously, I’ve never got to do that before. It’ll be a big day.

(Random sidenotes: Early votes are not counted prior to Election Day, so the rush of ahead-of-time-go-getters doesn’t mean results will get here any faster. And advanced votes are not counted with the precinct the voter is registered with, but rather all advanced votes are tallied as one group.)

Q. How is the crowd counted for at the Taste of Newton?

A. The ingenius mathematical formula behind the Taste of Newton count is courtesy of Virgil Penner, CEO of the Newton Area Chamber of Commerce. Penner says he figures up how many square feet Taste of Newton occupies, figures up how many square feet a person occupies, and figures a 30 percent turnover at the highest peak. That figured up to about 7,500 people this year, Penner said, although he also said he “wouldn’t bet $10 on every person over 8,000,” especially considering he thinks up to 1,000 people could be working the booths at the event.

And there you have it. Toodles, everyone.