More than 400 Lawrence residents registered to vote during a registration drive held Saturday as part of the local Kids Voting program, an organizer said.
Mary Miller, president of the Lawrence League of Women Voters, which worked with the Kids Voting registration drive, said 406 residents registered during the drive, which was held at Kmart, Checkers Foods and the city's three Pizza Hut restaurants. She said some people were brought to registration sites by their children.
"I was talking to some people at the various sites and they said the kids who brought in their parents were really excited," Miller said.
She said she was pleased with the turnout. The League sponsored the drive to encourage parents to get out and vote in the November election.
Kids Voting aims to instill good voting habits in people at an early age. The program is designed to encourage a high voter turnout in the November election as students are encouraged to get their parents to vote. Ballot boxes for students will be set up at the polls on election day. Although the votes of students younger than 18 won't count in official totals, the student votes will be tabulated and analyzed.
Lawrence is one of six Kansas communities participating in the Kids Voting program. Eleven states are participating. The Journal-World is sponsoring the Kids Voting program in Lawrence.
Helping Miller coordinate Saturday's voter registration drive were Nancy Ares, voter registration coordinator for the League, and Cynthia Peters, a representative of the American Business Women's Assn.
Miller said 25 volunteers helped in the drive. Volunteers came from the following organizations: Breakfast Optimists, Business and Professional Women, American Business Women's Assn., the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the League, Unitarian Fellowship and parent-teacher organizations from Deerfield, Grant, Sunset and Quail Run schools.