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Kansas advance voting begins today

October 18, 2006

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For those who plan to be out of town during the Nov. 7 general election or just want to avoid crowds at polling places, opportunity is knocking.

Advance voting begins today in Kansas.

As of Tuesday, the Douglas County Clerk's Office had received more than 5,100 applications for advance mail-in ballots, County Clerk Jamie Shew said. Applications still are being received and more are expected, he said.

"We're seeing quite a bit of interest in advance vote," Shew said. "It seems like a lot of people are going to be out of town."

In the 2004 general election, which included a presidential race, the county received 5,300 advance ballots by mail. Including those who voted in advance at the Douglas County Courthouse, the total advance vote count was 10,132. More than 48,000 registered voters participated in that election.

In 2002, the last gubernatorial election in Kansas, 4,964 advance votes were cast in the county, Shew said.

Shew also thinks there has been a major effort by various candidates' campaigns to get people to participate in advance voting.

Marilyn Neuenswander, Douglas County election expert, organizes advanced voting ballots at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. Today, more than 5,000 Kansas advanced voting ballots will be mailed to Douglas County residents.

Marilyn Neuenswander, Douglas County election expert, organizes advanced voting ballots at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. Today, more than 5,000 Kansas advanced voting ballots will be mailed to Douglas County residents.

Advance voting is available at the clerk's office in the courthouse, 1100 Mass., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. On the day before the election, Nov. 6, voting is from 8 a.m. to noon.

Those who want to vote by mail must file an application by 5 p.m. Nov. 3, the Friday before the election. Shew, however, encourages people to get those applications in sooner to allow for ballots to be sent and returned through the mail system before Election Day.

Voters can obtain an online application for an advance vote mail ballot at www.douglas-county.com/clerk/vedivision.asp and send it to the Douglas County election office at the courthouse.

Among those encouraging advance voting are the Douglas County Democrats. They will conduct an "advance ballot chase" Sunday on phones from the party's Lawrence headquarters in the I-70 Business Center.

"Basically, we're just trying to get people to know that they can vote in advance," said Frances Gorman, spokeswoman for the Kansas Democratic Party.

Comments

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 10 months ago

Ah yes. I'm sure lots of damage can be done with all of the vast numbers of advance ballots cast in an "off year" election. Anyone who would go through all that trouble for a couple of votes deserves to win anyways. I mean what does that say: It says, "I really, REALLY want to win." How can you compete with someone willing to go to jail for at most two, three dozen votes? Of course if any opponent were to register people who reside at the cemetery...well that's just a level of commitment that we rarely see these days.

Ken Miller 8 years, 10 months ago

No offense to Ms. Neuneswander, but what qualifies someone to be a "Douglas County Election Expert?"

blackwalnut 8 years, 10 months ago

I hear Rush Limbaugh is already bleating that the Democrats cannot possibly win unless they cheat.

Must be expecting a defeat - in other words, an election so decisive even the Republican fraud machine and Diebold can't steal if from the Democrats again.

Tee hee.

ForThePeople 8 years, 10 months ago

This is where the DemonRats begin thier voter fraud.

Thanks.

Marion.

Nobody does it better than the Bush clan did in Florida!

gphawk89 8 years, 10 months ago

Just remember, Democrats, that you can also make a short trip to KCMO and cast more votes there. No ID required, courtesy of the MO supreme court.

opinion 8 years, 10 months ago

Smitty,

Good advice on the judge issue but is there a non-partisan site to read up on the judges? I always feel uniformed when voting on them.

Thanks

youngitized 8 years, 10 months ago

Marion, don't take this personally...you sound like a dope. There wouldn't be any election malfunctions if those stupid electronic voting machines had a paper trail on them. Guess who opposes that...REPUBLICANS. I also have a huge problem with the term DemonRats.

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