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County clerk predicts record voter turnout in November

Douglas County's top election official says long lines could be in store for November's general election.

August 27, 2008


General Election Numbers

¢ Turnout in Douglas County for the November 2004 presidential election was 78.7 percent.

¢ Currently, Douglas County has 77,229 voters.

¢ The last day to register to be eligible to vote in the general election is Oct. 20. Advance voting begins Oct. 15.

Source: Douglas County Clerk's Office

County expecting good voter turnout come November

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew is preparing for a record turnout for the general election in November thanks to the races and ballot questions at hand. Enlarge video

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.

Douglas County's top elections officer is predicting that the presidential race and other local races and questions that jam the Nov. 4 ballot will cure the recent dismal voter turnout.

"I honestly believe we'll set records in November," Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said.

Shew is still looking for 100 to 150 poll workers to help alleviate long lines on Election Day because he is predicting an 80 percent turnout.

During the 2004 general election, nearly 79 percent of registered voters turned out in Douglas County.

Other than deciding the presidential race, several congressional, state legislative and County Commission seats will be on the ballot along with three Lawrence sales tax questions and a Baldwin City school district bond issue.

Several justice and judge retention questions will also be decided.

"If you don't show up in November, you're probably never going to show up because there's something that's going to draw everybody out in November," Shew said.

The clerk's office is also encouraging people to cast advance ballots if they can to cut down on the number of Election Day voters.

Advance voting begins Oct. 15 at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. The clerk's office will also begin sending out mail-in advance ballots that day.

The final day to register to be eligible to vote in the general election is Oct. 20.

More information is available at Anyone who wants to learn more about being a poll worker can call the clerk's office at (785) 832-5267.

Closer to the election, Shew hopes to announce some satellite advance-voting sites in Eudora, Baldwin City, Lecompton and Lawrence.


BigPrune 9 years, 7 months ago

According to the Maya, the world is supposed to end 12/21/2012. The Hopi Indians see a great purification of the earth. Supposedly St. Malachy predicts one last pope. Nasa predicts a magnetic pole reversal, Nostrildomas supposedly predicted that we are going to get hit with an asteroid. The Chinese, I KaChing predicts the end of history. The earth will also be coming to the end of its 26,000 year wobble. The sun will be aligned with the plane of the Milkway. Then there is that sleeping super volcano under Yellowstone on the verge of erupting give or take 10-20,000 years. My question: Why do people still want to fight the South Lawrence Trafficway? But I think Jamie is right when she said there will be a huge turnout to vote.

stuckinthemiddle 9 years, 7 months ago

for the record... Jamie Shew is a man...and... there are similar predictions all over the country...what's up with that?

lee66049 9 years, 7 months ago

Hopefully the democrats running the election will be smart enough not to move polling places a couple of days in advance of the election. Maybe we should call them and tell them now there will be an election in November and they should start planning for one. Republicans suppressing voting booths? Uh maybe if the democrats would require people to have an ID before voting that would be helpful. Seems like their dead relatives are still voting.

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