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There won't be snow on the ground today to deter Lawrence residents from voting.
Election officials say the fair weather could boost turnout in today's election for Lawrence City Commission and school board, as well as other area races.
Today's forecast -- mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 60s -- is a far cry from the sleet and snow that fell during the February primary election.
Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes said the weather could encourage people to head to the polls, which are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
"With the primary, if people got out early in the day, you were OK, but then the snow hit," she said. "I know some people kept hoping the weather would get better so they could vote."
Jaimes said 55,273 people are registered to vote, compared with 52,570 people during the same time in 1999. She said about 23 percent of registered voters voted in the last city election.
There also was a 16 percent increase in advance voting compared to the 1999 city election, in which 736 people voted. By Monday afternoon, she said, 856 people either had voted in advance at the county courthouse or had mailed in ballots. She said she expected a few more ballots to arrive by mail or be dropped off today.
Candidates for Lawrence City Commission are Erv Hodges, Sue Hack, Marty Kennedy, David Dunfield, Scott Bailey and Adam Mansfield.
The candidates for school board are Nicole Rials, Linda Robinson, Leni Salkind, Kurt Thurmaier, Austin Turney and Dale Vestal.
Jaimes said there appears to be special interest in the city races not only in Lawrence, but also in Baldwin and Eudora, which both have full slates.
-- Staff writer Joy Ludwig can be reached at 832-7144.