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Archive for Wednesday, July 24, 1996

ADVANCED VOTING LAW CONTINUES TO SCORE AT POLLS

July 24, 1996

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Advance voting is provingto be popular among voters, says Douglas County's chief election official.

A fresh new oval sticker that said "I voted" was on Kay Pesnell's blue dress.

"I just got finished," said Pesnell, one of about 30 people who took advantage Tuesday of the state's new advance voting law.

So far, more than 120 people have cast ballots since last Wednesday at the three voting booths that have been set up on the second floor of the Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts.

According to the state's new advance voting law, voters may cast ballots up to 20 days before an election, either by mail or in person, at their local election office. The new law is designed to making voting more convenient.

Pesnell said she decided not to wait until the Aug. 6 primary to vote because she will be on vacation.

"And it's convenient for me because it's right here and I won't have to stand in line in Eudora," said Pesnell, who works at the register of deeds office in the courthouse.

"I think it's good because it allows more people to come and vote if they're here and if it's convenient for them," she said. "A lot of people have business at the courthouse anyway. It makes sense to take advantage of it."

Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes said 33 people voted the first day of balloting, last Wednesday. Thirty-one people voted Thursday, 29 Friday and 40 on Monday, she said.

Pesnell was the 28th voter Tuesday afternoon.

Jaimes said she has been surprised at how many people are taking advantage of the new law.

"I'm pleased with the way it's going," Jaimes said. "We had four or five up there at one time. But usually it's two or three at a time."

Advance voting will be available at the courthouse until noon Aug. 5, the day before the election. Until then, registered voters may cast ballots in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the courthouse. Or they can get an application for a ballot to be sent in by mail.

Voter registration, which closed Monday for the Aug. 6 election, will open up again on Aug. 7.

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