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All systems go at county’s polling places

July 28, 2006

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Douglas County voting clerk Elizabeth Ross, Lawrence, left, watches as supervising judges Don McDowd, Lawrence, and Nadine Larrick, Wellsville, remove a receipt of recorded votes from one of the new voting machines Thursday morning at Professional Moving and Storage warehouse. County voting officials tested the new electronic voting machines in preparation for Tuesday's primary.

Douglas County voting clerk Elizabeth Ross, Lawrence, left, watches as supervising judges Don McDowd, Lawrence, and Nadine Larrick, Wellsville, remove a receipt of recorded votes from one of the new voting machines Thursday morning at Professional Moving and Storage warehouse. County voting officials tested the new electronic voting machines in preparation for Tuesday's primary.

Douglas County's new voting machines passed their pre-election tests Thursday with high grades, County Clerk Jamie Shew said.

"There were no problems. It went very well," he said. "Everything is now sealed, secured and ready for delivery."

The machines will be used by voters for the first time during Tuesday's primary election. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

If there should be machine problems, teams of people trained to deal with them will be scattered at locations throughout the county to respond, Shew said.

In May, the county took delivery of 160 machines. On Election Day voters will mark paper ballots as they have in the past. The difference in the machines comes in the way the votes are electronically tabulated. Some machines allow people with disabilities to vote without assistance.

The only county primary contests are for clerk in Wakarusa and Palmyra townships. But there are party primaries for several state offices and the 3rd Congressional District for Republican voters. Precinct committee candidates also will be on the ballot, and Eudora voters will decide a referendum on a $3.8 million swimming pool and recreation center.

Because of the different jurisdictions for precinct committees, townships and other positions, there are well more than 100 different ballots being distributed in the county. Still, this primary will be a good time for seeing how well the voting machines work, Shew said.

Online

The county has a new Web site that contains information about voting and other features. One feature allows voters to enter their names and see voter registration information and where they are supposed to vote.

"From a ballot issue, it is probably one of the more complex elections that we run," he said. "But we won't have the same (voter) turnout that we'd have here during a general election."

Shew wouldn't predict what time the primary votes will be counted Tuesday night, but he expects voting tallies to come more quickly than in past years because of the new machines.

Since July 12 the clerk's office has been accepting advance voting ballots by mail and from those voting in person at the courthouse. By the end of the day Thursday, 693 ballots had been turned in, Shew said.

The clerk's office will be open from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, the final day for advance voting.

There are 74,028 registered voters in the county: Republicans, 24,274; Democrats, 22,792; unaffiliated, 26,142; Libertarians, 725 and Reform Party, 95.

As it did in 2004, the Kansas Democratic Party has opened its primary election to unaffiliated voters. That means registered voters who have not declared a party affiliation can cast ballots in Democratic contests. The Republican Party is keeping its primary closed to unaffiliated voters.

Comments

Sigmund 8 years, 5 months ago

Remember, you dont have to show ID to vote, so vote early and vote often! And there is no need to worry about hanging chad. Without voter fraud in Chicago, JFK would have never been elected President and who can forget all the stuffed Buchanan votes that should have been stuffed for Gore?

Now when elections get stolen we can do it electronically with no muss and no fuss. Make voters show ID's at polls? NO THAT IS DISCRIMINATORY! If you want to see who benefits more from voter fraud, Democrats or Republicans, just look at how the votes in Congress on voting reform fall.

staff04 8 years, 5 months ago

If I were y'all, I'd be worried about the three people in the picture.

First of all, Elizabeth Ross: Look at those glasses!!! She wears those liberal-lefty-commie-psuedo-intellectual glasses! She's gotta be working to undermine the conservative christians who represent the VAST majority of Kansans...

Don, Don, Don...what else can I say? He's a veteran. Under Republican control, veterans have seen the most dramatic cut to their benefits in the history of veteran's benefits...who do YOU think he wants in control?

And last, but certainly not least, Nadine. She's from Wellsville. Wellsville is in Franklin County. Another case of the liberal elitists, sending their minions across state...errrr....county lines to try to disrupt an election. So typical of those sneaky, lying liberals...

Plus, she just has shifty eyes...

Anyway, beware...and good luck with those new "voting" machines...

Sigmund 8 years, 5 months ago

Don't kid yourself! Them is some leet haxors, oh yes.

Liz wrote the first cross platform ARPA net virus using sed and awk on a VAX machine she broke into using a cereal box whistle, Don taught Kevin Mitnick everything he knows about social engineering telephone company flunkies and owned all of the trans osceanic cables not to mention half of the ATT satelite links, and how Nadine was able to blackmail the US Government, the CIA, and Interpol into hiding her true identity is still so sensitive that even her code name "Launch Code" is to this day classified!

badger 8 years, 5 months ago

snerk

You guys rock. I'm so glad you're here to make sure we don't get fooled by the haxors.

goes back to reading Weekly World News

You all think we could get Bat Boy to oversee the election? I mean, he's been such a help with the war in Iraq and all...

gphawk89 8 years, 5 months ago

"so vote early and vote often" Related story - there's a big storm brewing in Missouri, where there's a push to require photo ID's at polling places. The Democratic party and the ACLU is already preparing a lawsuit because this law will make it harder for them to pay homeless people to vote, it'll make it more difficult for people to cast multiple votes, it'll make it more difficult for dead people to vote, etc. St. Louis just sounds like it's a cesspool of vote fraud.

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