Voter registration in Douglas County continued its record-breaking pace as more than 1,500 voters added their names to the registration rolls last week.
The registration numbers stand at 42,222 as of Monday. A week ago, it was at 40,664 registered voters. The record before this year was 40,602 for the 1990 general election.
In 1988, the last presidential election year, 40,574 people registered to vote.
"It shows a great deal of interest, and I'm really pleased with that," said county clerk Patty Jaimes.
She credited a combination of registration drives and the 12 registration sites throughout the county as helping to boost the numbers. Although Jaimes said some drives had targeted college students, who may be interested in the liquor-by-the-drink ballot question, most of the comments she's heard pertain to the presidential election.
THE UPDATED numbers comprise 16,132 Republicans, 13,104 Democrats, 12,782 unaffiliated and 204 Libertarians. Registered voters living in Lawrence total 33,456, with 8,766 people registered throughout the rest of the county.
Jaimes said her office also has received numerous phone calls from people checking to see whether they are registered as a result of the Kids Voting program in 10 elementary schools, all three junior highs and Lawrence High School.
"They don't want to be embarrassed on Election Day," she said.
Lawrence is one of six Kansas communities participating in the program, through which students grades kindergarten through 12 will go to the polls this fall.
Registration for the Nov. 3 general election will be open to county residents until 9 p.m. next Monday.
The main location for registration is the county clerk's office in the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets. The clerk's office will stay open to 9 p.m. starting today through next Monday for voter registration.
THESE SITES in Lawrence are open during business hours for voter registration: Lawrence city clerk's office, city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets; Independence Inc., 1910 Haskell; Columbia Savings Assn., 544 Columbia Dr. and 901 Vt.; Creation Station, 726 Mass.; Kinder-Care Learning Center, 2333 Crestline Dr.; and the Democratic Party headquarters, 946 Mass.
Other registration sites in the county are Eudora City Hall, Eudora Public Library, The Baldwin Ledger and Kroeger's Country Store in Lecompton.
Absentee voting is available through the clerk's office. Voters who plan on being out of the county on Election Day must complete an affidavit at the clerk's office and can either cast the ballot there or take it with them. Applications for absentee ballots must be received by noon Nov. 2. The ballot must be returned by 7 p.m. Nov. 3 to be counted.
People who are physically sick or disabled also may apply for absentee ballots. The deadline for sick and disabled voters to apply is noon Nov. 3.
A registered voter may apply for an absentee ballot on another voter's behalf. The applicant must sign an affidavit with the clerk's office when doing so.