Archive for Saturday, October 21, 2000

Voters get early start

October 21, 2000


Nearly 300 Douglas County residents have voted for the Nov. 7 election since Wednesday, when polling opened.

Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes said 112 people voted Wednesday. Another 83 advance voted Thursday and about 95 did so Friday.

In 1996, the last presidential election and the first year advance voting was available in Kansas, 78 Douglas County residents cast ballots on the initial day of advance voting.

Previously, voters had to be sick, disabled or out of the county on Election Day to qualify for an absentee ballot.

Speculating about this year's increase, Jaimes said she thought more people might know about advance voting.

Jaimes said her office has received several requests to mail advance ballots to people. This week, the county clerk's office had processed 2,049 requests so far and received nearly 200 more requests for ballots.

The county clerk said people should be aware that candidates and political parties are sending out their own applications for advance ballots. She said the applications are not the same ones from her office, but she will process the ballot requests.

People can vote in person from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays on the second floor of the county courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets. Extended voting hours will be from 9 a.m. to noon Nov. 4. The deadline for advance voting is noon Nov. 6.

Monday is the last day to register to vote. To accommodate late registration, the county clerk's office will extend its hours for voter registration only from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday.

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