With Election Day just nine days away, those seeking spots on the Lawrence school board and city commission can see the finish line approaching.
On April 3, voters in Lawrence will select three city commissioners and three school board members from a field of six candidates in each race. Voters in area towns also will decide city and school board races.
Three more candidate forums are scheduled this week to help voters decide whom to elect.
A Lawrence City Commission forum is scheduled for 7 p.m. Monday at city hall, Sixth and Massachusetts streets. A forum for Lawrence school board hopefuls will be at 7 p.m. in the library of West Junior High, 2700 Harvard Road. A joint city commission/school board forum will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in the auditorium of the Lawrence Public Library, 707 Vt.
In Douglas County, 55,273 people are registered for the April 3 general election, compared with 52,570 people for the last city election in 1999.
Douglas County Clerk Patty Jaimes said about 23 percent of the registered voters voted in the last city election, and it's difficult to tell what the turnout will be for next week's election.
"The people that are interested are doing their part, but it's hard to say if it's widespread," she said.
So far, Jaimes said, advance voting has drawn almost 300 people to the county courthouse. Advance voting hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday and 8 a.m. to noon April 2.
Advance voting will also be offered from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday.
On Election Day, polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.