Riley County saw a steady stream of people voting in advance ahead of today’s primary.

County Clerk Rich Vargo noted 5,154 people had cast their ballots through Saturday, a figure he said Monday would likely approach 6,000 by noon.

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He was not far off. The final number of Riley County residents to vote in advance was 5,716.  He was encouraging people to do their homework

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The uptick in advanced voting largely fueled by an emotional ballot question regarding the constitutional right to an abortion. Washburn University Associate Professor Patrick Miller spoke to CBS about the constitutional question.


Polls are open through 7 p.m. and Flint Hills ATA Bus announced it would be waiving fares Tuesday, a service it provides annually to ensure transportation is not a barrier for folks wanting to vote.