Tax issues, the gubernatorial and congressional races are among items of interest for Douglas County voters.
It doesn't surpass the record set in 1992, but the high number of names on Douglas County's voter rolls are a portent of the keen interest in next week's general election.
Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes said 49,046 people were registered to vote in the Nov. 8 general election when the books closed Oct. 24. That's an increase of 3,285 since the August primary.
Jaimes said she expected a high turnout for the election, based on comments people made when they registered. Although off-year elections typically draw fewer voters than presidential elections, Jaimes said the Douglas County sales tax referendum and a $36.9 million bond issue question for the Lawrence school district have attracted voters' attention.
``It seems to me that there is some interest. Part of it is the candidates and part of it is the issues,'' she said.
Jaimes won't be offering a prediction on voter turnout until she sees how many voters apply for absentee ballots. In 1990, 63.8 percent of registered voters cast ballots, a record for an off-year election.
This year's registration total is well ahead of the 40,602 voters signed up to vote in November 1990, the last off-year election, and just slightly below the total for 1992, when 49,628 people were listed on the rolls.
Polls throughout the county will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday. Voters will cast ballots in a number of races including: Kansas governor; attorney general; secretary of state; insurance commissioner; treasurer; state House of Representatives; Congress; and retention of judges.