Corn voter explains confusion at polling station

WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) – With unprecedented turnout in Tuesday’s Kansas primary, some polling stations saw long lines that cast their ballots more than two hours after polls closed at 7 p.m. and caused trouble. confusion with at least one voting site. The rule is that anyone in line at 7 p.m. has the right to vote, no matter how long they wait, but they can’t go anywhere else to do so.

In an apparent attempt to alleviate the long-waiting situation, the Sedgwick County Elections Office admitted that election officials at a polling place in Maize had made a mistake. It’s a situation that raised a lot of questions on Tuesday night.

Although there was no starting order, about 20 minutes before the polls closed, two poll workers at the Maize Leisure Center falsely told voters waiting in line that they could go to another nearby polling station.

Eyewitness News spoke to a few people who were online when the misstatement occurred. Voters at the Maize polling station said they did not believe the workers were intentionally trying to confuse people.

“[The worker] says, ‘our systems are running slowly. If you want to go, you can go to Life Church and vote there, or you can keep waiting here, but I don’t know how quickly we can get you through,” voter Jessica Beal recalled. “There were a few people who were quite upset. Some people left, a lot of people stayed, and people kept coming after that too.

Sedgwick County Elections Commissioner Angela Caudillo said after receiving misinformation from two election officials, about 70 voters chose to walk down the street to Life Church and vote provisionally.

“That decision was wrong. We have spoken to election workers and will consider this an internal employment matter,” Caudillo said.

A Sedgwick County spokesperson sent the following statement in response to what happened Tuesday night in Maize:

“The Electoral Office is just as concerned as the general public about fair elections and wants to do thorough work on this issue. For this reason, we don’t want to rush to judge or post incomplete information, as we are still continuing to review. We ask for the public’s patience as we give this matter the scrutiny it deserves.

Beal said election workers were trying to get everyone to safety, an effort voters appreciated.

“It was good that they let people in. Just kind of a wish they would have made earlier, but that was okay. It helped other people,” she said.

The Sedgwick County Electoral Office employed between 500 and 600 poll workers for the county’s 81 polling stations. Voters, including Beal, said their location was understaffed.

“I hope people can be nice to each other, maybe go out and volunteer on Election Day so there are more people, there are more hands on deck,” he said. said Caudillo. “If they have problems, more people can help them.”

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