Polls for the mid-term election will be open through 7 p.m. — though the election is already several days old for members of the Harvey County Clerk's Office.
Early polls, which were open in the basement of the Harvey Courthouse, saw 2,691 voters cast their votes early. An additional 2,100 mail ballots have been received by the Clerk's office as of Monday. The clerk had mailed 3,800 ballots. Those must be postmarked by 7 p.m. today and received by Friday to count in the election.
There are 22,371 registered voters in Harvey County.
Today remaining voters can vote at traditional polling places throughout the county.
Local contested races include a three-way race for Harvey County Commission District one featuring incumbent Chip Westfall (R-Newton) and independents Dan Harms (Newton) and Greg Nickel (Newton). Voters will also be asked to pick the next District 71 Kansas House of Representatives seat holder — incumbent Tim Hodge (R-North Newton) and Steve Kelly (R-Newton) are vying for the spot.
Also on the ballot will be a high-profile state race as voters choose who will inhabit the governor's mansion. Republican Kris Kobach and partner Wink Hartman face Democrat Laura Kelly and Lynn Rodgers with independents Greg Orman with John Doll and Rick Kloos with Nathaniel Kloos and Libertarian Jeff Caldwell and Mary Gerlt on the ballot as well.
Voters will select the next secretary of state with Republican Scott Schwab facing Democrat Brian “BAM” McClendon and Libertarian Rob Hodgkinson. Democrat Sarah G. Swain and incumbent Republican Derek Schmidt are vying for the state attorney general's office. Democrat Mari Francisco and Republican Jake LaTurner are each running for state treasurer. Republican Vicki Schmidt and Democrat Nathaniel McLaughlin are running for state insurance commissioner. Democrat James Hannon and Republican Ben Jones round out the state races in a contest for District 7 State Board of Education.
There is one federal race on the Harvey County ballot as well — Democrat James A. Thompson is challenging Republican Ron Estes for U.S. Representative, District No. 4.