Douglas County has set a record for the number of people registered to vote in the county, and the total is likely to increase with two weeks left in the registration period.
As of Monday, the county clerk's office reported 40,664 people were registered to vote in the county. That amount breaks the old record of 40,602 voters who registered for the 1990 general election.
"I think it's going to go pretty high," said county clerk Patty Jaimes. "It would not surprise me if we hit 41,000."
Jaimes said she thought people were more aware of the registration process this year because of the visibility of registration sites throughout the county.
"It shows that there's some interest out there," she said.
The new registration numbers comprise 15,920 Republicans, 12,778 Democrats, 11,804 unaffiliated and 162 Libertarians. Registered voters living in Lawrence total 32,038, with 8,626 people registered throughout the rest of the county.
An additional 3,687 people have registered to vote since the books were reopened following the August primary. The total represents a gain of 892 new voters since last Monday.
Registration closes Oct. 19.
In 1988, the last presidential election year, 40,574 people were registered to vote.