Briefly noted: Advance voting far outpacing previous two cycles; Special education parent survey

Nearly twice as many people have voted in advance this year as in 2016.

Advance voting totals up markedly from 2016 cycle. Primary voters appear to be motivated to get to the polls this election cycle. Nearly twice as many Johnson County voters have cast their ballots using in-person advance voting this year than at this point in 2016. The Johnson County Election Office reported Thursday that it’s recorded 4,434 votes through three days of advance voting. That’s compared to 1,787 votes and 2,445 votes cast in advance after three days in 2014 and 2016, respectively. For more information on advance voting — and how it can change your life — click here.

Shawnee Mission SEPTA looking for input ahead of meeting with new superintendent. Leaders of the Shawnee Mission Special Education PTA have been invited to meet with new Superintendent Mike Fulton in the coming weeks, and are looking for input from parents about the issues facing special education in the district. They’ve put up an anonymous survey online that is open to parents, students and district teachers. The survey will stay open through August 6.