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June 10, 2004

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Law requires ID for first-time voters

First-time voters in Douglas County this year will have to provide identification and proof of voter registration address, thanks to new federal and state laws.

The Federal Election Law, Help America Vote Act and Kansas election law require identification for first-time voters in the county, or for those voters who have re-registered after having their names removed from the voter registration book.

Anyone falling under those categories must provide identification and proof of address to the election office before Election Day or to the polling workers at the polling place on Election Day.

Acceptable forms of identification are:

  • Current Kansas driver's license.
  • Current Kansas nondriver identification card.
  • Utility bill.
  • Bank statement.
  • Paycheck or paycheck stub.
  • Government check.
  • Other government document showing the voter's name and address.

To check your voter status, call the Douglas County Clerk's Office, 832-5147.

Blue laws

Topeka council OKs Sunday liquor sales

An ordinance allowing liquor to be sold in Topeka on Sundays was approved 5-3 by the City Council this week.

The measure approved Tuesday night will allow retail sales of alcoholic beverages between 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. on Sundays, with sales also allowed on three holidays: Memorial Day, Independence Day and Labor Day.

A 1949 state law bans Sunday liquor sales, but a Wyandotte County District Court ruling that local governments can opt out was upheld by the Kansas Supreme Court. At least 14 cities, including Lawrence, and one county now allow Sunday sales within their boundaries.

Nature

Field trip to study prairie wildflowers

Baker University professor Roger Boyd will lead a wildflower field trip, beginning at 2 p.m. Sunday at Black Jack Park.

Open to all, the trip is sponsored by Kansas Wildflower Society and Jayhawk Audubon Society. Participants should wear sturdy shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent and a hat.

Black Jack Park is three miles east of Baldwin on U.S. Highway 56. Much of the wildflower identification will take place in nearby Boyd Prairie.

Gasoline prices

Pump Patrol seeks deals

The Journal-World has found gasoline prices as low as $1.92 a gallon at several stations throughout Lawrence. If you find a lower price, please call Pump Patrol at 832-7154.

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