Wyandotte County Election Commissioner Bruce Newby is predicting that Tuesday's snow/sleet/winter misery will be "devastating" to that day's election turnout.
He's now forecasting a turnout of 5-8 percent for the Tuesday primary -- down from 18-20 percent for a typical primary.
That means, roughly, 4,000-6,000 hearty souls will show up to vote of the 70,000 active registered voters who are eligible.
Tuesday's primary will reduce a five-candidate mayoral field to two now that incumbent Mayor Joe Reardon has announced that he won't seek another term. The election will also shrink the number of candidates in several commissioner races.
Newby said the low turnout is attributable to only one thing -- the weather.
"It's not apathy," he said. "The advance voting is brisk this morning. There are voters who want to vote.
"Sadly, I don't control the weather."
Some voters took advantage of advance voting. As of Friday, about 1,800 residents had cast ballots early with 1,500 of those doing so by mail.
The deadline to vote by mail has now passed. As of noon today, so has the option of advance voting in person.
As of Monday, Newby was planning for 30 polling locations around the county. But if the weather is bad enough, Newby said he might be forced to shrink that number.
If he does, he'll notify the media, he said.
The election will not be postponed or canceled, he said. A statement from the Election Office said simply, "Under Kansas state law, no one has the authority to postpone or cancel any election."
Polls, for those who can make it, will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.