Albert Rukwaro
Special to The Gardner News
Early, in-person voting started in Johnson County Oct 22 and, according to county election officials, the number of voters showing up are unprecedented for mid-term elections.
The Gardner News conducted a spot check at four of the six early voting locations in the county and witnessed a steady stream of voters making their way to the polls.
The voting location at the Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center at 8788 Metcalf Avenue in Overland Park was busy most of Friday last week with voters going in and out without a hitch. A poll worker at the location told The Gardner News that the location has been busy since early voting started.
The situation was the same at the Johnson County Northeast offices location at 6000 Lamar Avenue in Mission. A poll worker at the location said she expected even higher numbers during the weekend.
“This is the first time I’m working here, but I have been told to expect a busy day tomorrow,” she said.
At the two locations in Olathe, at the election office on Kansas City Road and at the county offices at 11811 sunset Drive, the activity on Friday was markedly slower but poll workers at both locations said they have been busy throughout the week.
The other locations are the Okun Fieldhouse at 20200 Johnson Drive in Shawnee and the Hilltop Conference Center at 7700 W. 143rd street in Overland Park.
The last day of advance voting is Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. -noon. On voting day, Nov. 6 polls open at 7 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
A complete list of voting sites and sample ballots are available at jocoelection.org.