Archive for Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Official hopes for higher voter turnout

Douglas County's top elections officer predicts a 20 percent turnout for Tuesday's primary election.

August 5, 2008


Some precinct locations to change

Voters at six of Douglas County's 67 precincts will head to new locations tomorrow to cast their ballot. Enlarge video

What's on the ballot for today's primary


¢ U.S. Senate: Jim Slattery and Lee Jones, Democrats.

¢ House District 2: Lynn Jenkins and Jim Ryun, Republicans.

¢ House District 3: Nick Jordan and Paul Showen, Republicans.

Kansas State Board of Education

¢ District 4: Alan Detrich and Robert Meissner, Republicans.

Douglas County Commission

¢ 2nd District: Ken Adkinson and Nancy Thellman, Democrats; Grant Eichhorn and David Brown, Republicans.

¢ 3rd District: Ken Grotewiel and Clenece Hills, Democrats; John Tacha and Jim Flory, Republicans.

Jefferson County

¢ 2nd District Commission: David Christy and Roy Dunnaway, Republicans.

¢ 3rd District Commission: Francis Grollmes, Ronald Herring and Fairley McCain, Democrats; LaVerne Clark and Richard Malm, Republicans.

¢ County Attorney: Mike Hayes and Caleb Stegall, Republicans.

Leavenworth County

¢ 3rd District Commission: John Flower, Francis Hurla, Tony Klamm, Bill Merkel, Beverly Oroke, Dave Taylor and Marvin Torneden, Republicans.

¢ County Attorney: Todd Thompson and Deb Snider, Republicans.

¢ State Representative, 42nd District: Ted Ingerson and Connie O'Brien, Republicans.

Election 2008

In-depth coverage of the candidates and the issues, all leading up to the Aug. 5 primary and the Nov. 4 general election.

The heat might keep some voters away for today's primary election.

But Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said on Monday that he was optimistic that competitive County Commission races could produce better turnout than the 12 percent in the August 2006 primary.

"I'm always optimistic," Shew said.

He's predicting 18 to 20 percent.

Secretary of State Ron Thornburgh last week predicted a statewide turnout of 19 percent, although he conceded it could be higher in the 2nd Congressional District, where Republicans Jim Ryun and Lynn Jenkins will seek the nomination to face Democratic Rep. Nancy Boyda.

That district includes western Lawrence.

In Douglas County, there are two candidates in each party for two county commission seats.

At this point, the numbers might support Shew's prediction for a higher turnout compared with two years ago.

The clerk's office had collected 1,100 advance ballots through noon Monday. Mail-in ballots are still coming in.

Before the 2006 primary, voters had cast only 974 advance ballots.

Voters not affiliated with a political party can still participate in today's election. Independent voters can change their registration to Republican at polling sites. Or, they can ask for a Democratic ballot in order to vote in those contests.

Polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters can view a sample ballot before they go to the polls at

Voters in a few precincts have been mailed notification letters about polling place changes.

¢ Precinct 8 will now permanently vote at Trinity Lutheran Church, 1245 N.H., instead of the South Park Recreation Center.

¢ Precinct 10's voters will temporarily cast ballots at Immanuel Lutheran Church, 2104 Bob Billings Parkway, instead of the Burge Union.

¢ Precinct 37 voters will report to Prairie Park School, 2711 Kensington Road, for this election because Coffin Sports Complex lacks air conditioning.

¢ In Precinct 64, the location is Veritas Christian School, 256 N. Mich., instead of the North Wakarusa Fire Station.

¢ Precinct 41 voters will report to the Lawrence Visitor Center, 402 N. Second St., instead of Woodlawn School.


monkeyspunk 9 years, 10 months ago

OK, I just realized that my plan would not work. Because if people like the incumbent they just wouldn't vote. Guess my plan needs some reworking....ok done.Just put the horse in. <66% = Livestock government. Couldn't be any worse and there would probably be less manure coming from Capitol Hill and City Hall.

monkeyspunk 9 years, 10 months ago

Hey, I have an idea!How about in the next election, from local to federal, if 66% of the registered voters don't vote, then the incumbent currently in place gets to keep their job, regardless of the result. If there is no incumbent then instead we place a horse. Yes, I said it, give us a farm animal rather than a barely evolved primate who has only their own personal interests in mind.Let's see how long the people of the United States of Apathy let that go on.

DBAWalt 9 years, 10 months ago

Scary that we elect people to public office by a majority, or more than half, but if only 20 percent of voters vote, then it only takes 11 percent (actually, anything over 10 percent) to win office.So 10 percent of the voters are electing people to office with control of taxing, spending, appointing other officials, setting valuations on property, and all the other functions of government oversight of 100 percent of the people.Why do we (Kansas) have such problems with issues such as Intelligent Design? Because the people promoting such issues don't have to convince 51 percent of the voters to vote for them, they only have to convince 10 percent (or less, if you throw in the morons who vote for a familiar name, or for the party candidate without any thought about what they are actually voting for). A famous politician stated "you can fool some of the people all the time". If the number of people who can be swayed is 10 percent or more, then evidently you can get anything and anyone elected.

SettingTheRecordStraight 9 years, 10 months ago

Although they won't ask for it today, insist that poll workers compare your valid photo ID to your name on the roster. Our election system must require reasonable, commonsense steps to ensure that elections are fair and without fraud or manipulation.

monkeyspunk 9 years, 10 months ago

A whole 20%! Wow.We don't deserve our democracy, really.Most of us don't vote.As a result, we get weaklings and idiots for leaders.The cowards we elect are unable to make tough decisions on their own, and in turn put stuff they don't want to be responsible for up for a vote to the same people who don't vote in the first place.And still...only 1 in 5 of us votes.Why don't we just install a monarchy and be done with it? Seriously.

DBAWalt 9 years, 10 months ago

I find it sad that only 1 in 5 voters is expected to vote, but I totally understand it as voting seems to have exactly NO effect on political results.Don't like what the Republican lead congress is doing with Iran? Vote in a Democratic congress. Oh, wait, the difference between the two has been exactly what, again?Have a problem with Gitmo and the handling of prisoners under a Republican government? Elect a Democratic government. So far, I see no changes.Have a problem with interception of telephone calls without a warrant under the Republican lead powers? Elect a Democratic overseer who votes to make the Telcos RETROACTIVLY IMMUNE from prosecution.We are voting on lying politicians, who, when elected, have NO oversight or responsibility to the voters. All that can be done if they wind up being out to only line their pockets at the public trough is to try to vote them out next time, but then you have the obstacles of incumbency, name recognition, and those stupid people that vote Democrat/Republican because 'we have ALWAYS voted Democrat/Republican!".In a system designed to maintain the status quo, change is very difficult, and impossible if people are not interested in what is best for the nation, but only in "what's in it for me?"I am not saying or suggesting either party is better than the other I am specifically saying anyone who votes for a Republican BECAUSE the candidate is Republican is a fool, an any one who votes for a Democrat BECAUSE the candidate is a Democrat is equally a fool. We should be voting for the BEST POSSIBLE CANDIDATE, regardless of political party.Aint going to happen.

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