Good news from the Douglas County clerk's office.
County voter registration is 3,900 above the registration total for the 1988 presidential election. The total in Lawrence was up by about 3,000 voters, according to County Clerk Patty Jaimes.
Jaimes attributed the increase partly to a rise in the county's population and also credited Ross Perot's almost-candidacy for creating interest in the presidential election and perhaps boosting voter signup.
Whatever the reason, an increase in voter registration is always positive. It will be even better if the increased registration also leads to increased participation in the upcoming primary and general elections.
Voters now on the rolls will be eligible to vote in their parties' primary elections on Aug. 4. There are a number of interesting races for legislative and congressional seats that should draw a good voter turnout.
And in November, local voters will have many issues to consider. The school board has said it plans to seek a bond issue to build new elementary schools and a new junior high, and county voters will consider whether to keep the requirement that public drinking establishments earn 30 percent of their gross income in food to serve liquor by the drink.
Local legislative races are particularly important this year because three incumbent legislators have decided not to seek re-election to their seats. Races are relatively wide open and could be decided by a narrow margin.
For those who already have registered, congratulations on taking an interest in your community, state and nation. For those who are lagging behind, there still will be time after the primary to get registered for the November general election. Your opinion counts. Get registered and vote.