Lyon County voter turnout increased by 6.1 percent in the 2018 midterm elections compared to 2014, according to the Lyon County Election Office. There were a total of 10,729 voters out of the 20,202 registered.
“I hire 80 plus people to work election night at the polling place and another 18 to 20 in the office to help process ballots,” said Tammy Vopat, Lyon County clerk and election officer. “Turnout was amazing. Everyone was busy all day long...They were having trouble getting their lunches in.”
This was the first midterm election to exceed 100 million voters nationally, according to “The New York Times.”
“The community has been very good to stand behind and support us," said Amie Jackson, deputy election officer. "Even though there was a constant line, everyone was happy to be there."
In Emporia’s Precinct 7, the precinct that contains Emporia State, 43 percent voted of those registered.
Overall, the county voted 52 percent for Laura Kelly, democratic governor-elect and to 36 percent in favor of Kris Kobach, former Kansas Secretary of State.
The state voted 48 percent for Kelly and 43 percent for Kobach, according to the Kansas Secretary of State website. These results are unofficial.
In the United States House of Representatives race for district one, Alan LaPolice, democratic candidate, lost 32 to 68 percent to Roger Marshall, Republican incumbant in Lyon County, LaPolice still fell short, with 45 to 54 percent of the vote.
In the race for Secretary of State, Brain McClendon, Democratic candidate, lost with 44 to 53 percent to Scott Schwab, Republican candidate.
For the Attorney General election, Derek Schmidt, republican candidate, won with 59 percent of the vote.
Marci Francisco, Democratic candidate, lost with 42 percent against Jake LaTurner, Republican candidate, for State Treasurer.
In Lyon County, 14 military ballots were counted from military members that have been deployed but still want to vote, according to Jackson.
“We had (a military ballot request) on election day,” Jackson said. "We were able to get that out and get it back on election day so they will still able to vote."
Kelly and other newly elected state officials will be sworn in on Jan. 12.