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Archive for Friday, October 28, 1994

COUNTY ELECTION ROLLS SWELL TO 49,000 VOTERS

October 28, 1994

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Local tax issues are likely to help draw voters to the polls Nov. 8, the county clerk says.

Douglas County's voter rolls have swollen since the August primary, County Clerk Patty Jaimes said this morning.

Jaimes said 49,046 people were registered to vote in the Nov. 8 general election when the books closed Monday. That's an increase of 3,285 since the primary.

Based on comments people made when they registered, Jaimes said she expected a high turnout for the election. 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 said her staff registered more than 200 people in the last four hours the books were open Monday.

However, Jaimes declined to offer a prediction of voter turnout until she saw how many applications she has 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.

Jaimes noted, however, that after the election she expects to purge the rolls of as many as 8,000 people, who have moved or failed to vote.

The county clerk's office needs poll workers for Election Day, Jaimes said. About 30 people will be paid $4.25 an hour to work from 6:15 a.m. until 8 p.m. Nov. 8. Anyone interested should contact her office.

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