The voter registration landslide continues to inundate the Douglas County Clerk's office.
County Clerk Patty Jaimes said today that a record 43,180 people have registered to vote in the county. The total stood at at 42,222 as of Monday and 40,664 last week.
But wait, there's more.
Jaimes estimates her office has about 1,000 registration cards to process, including 102 from people who registered from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the courthouse. And she said she has not received registration cards from some of the other 11 registration sites in the county.
"Everybody's going to vote this year," Jaimes reported one person saying as he watched a Eudora election official exchange a stack of completed registration cards for a stack of blank cards. The person making the comment was registering to vote at the time.
Louise Silber, chair of the Douglas County Democratic Central Committee, said 50 people walked into the Democrats' headquarters, 946 Mass., to register in the first 90 minutes after Hillary Clinton's appearance Tuesday at Kansas University. Mrs. Clinton, wife of Democratic presidential nominee Bill Clinton, urged the crowd to register to vote during her speech.
"I think being reminded helps, but I think the level of interest is very high," Silber said. "It's really exciting."
She said 150 people registered to vote at the party headquarters on Tuesday and Wednesday.
The county's former registration record was 40,602 for the 1990 general election. In 1988, the last presidential election year, 40,574 people registered to vote.
Only five days remain, including today, for county residents to register to vote in the Nov. 3 general election. The deadline for registration is 9 p.m. Monday.