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Voter registration deadline is Monday

Some Douglas County residents may have watched Wednesday night's Presidential debate having already cast their ballot.

October 16, 2008

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Eligible Kansas voters have until Monday to register in their home county to be able to vote in the Nov. 4 general election.

By late Wednesday afternoon, Douglas County had 80,912 registered voters, compared to 79,437 on Oct. 7.

The county had 77,209 registered voters for the August primary, and 65,181 at the time of the 2004 general election.

¢ To register, stop by the Douglas County Clerk's Office in the courthouse, 1100 Mass., from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The clerk's office will also be open until 7 p.m. Monday.

¢ A registration application is available online at www.douglascountyelections.com. Completed applications can be faxed to (785) 832-5192, e-mailed as a PDF to kcampbell@douglas-county.com, or mailed - postmarked Monday - to the clerk's office, 1100 Mass., Lawrence, 66044.

¢ Advance voting also began Wednesday in Kansas. In-person voting is available at the clerk's office. By Wednesday, 5,000 advance ballots had been mailed out in Douglas County to fill earlier requests.

To request a mail-in advance ballot, call the clerk's office, 832-5267, or visit www.douglascountyelections.com.

At Wednesday's end, 276 people cast advance ballots in person. By comparison, on the first day for the 2004 general election, 171 people had cast advance ballots, according to the clerk's office.

Comments

bondmen 6 years, 10 months ago

ACORN - All Communist Organizers Ready NowI'm sure there are better descriptions out there for ACORN.

Keith 6 years, 10 months ago

"We have had 8 years of an extremist administration, we certainly don't need another 4."I agree, and so McCain doesn't get my vote.

tvc 6 years, 10 months ago

It always sucks when your employer decides you are a volunteer and doesn't pay you for months, and when part of your job is to protest a company for not paying its employees enough when they pay better than ACORN.

grammaddy 6 years, 10 months ago

bondmen get a clue. Quit reading whatever rag you are reading and inform yourself. Ever hear of the politics of fear??!!

geniusmannumber1 6 years, 10 months ago

Let's get all get it through our heads: 1) Voter registration fraud is not the same thing as voter fraud.2) Voter registration fraud will not affect the number of people voting.3) Some of this "fraud" is a result of organizers complying with state law regarding destruction of registration documents.4) John McCain, until his recent bout of desperation, was a pretty big supporter of ACORN.5) What ACORN has (allegedly) done is far, far less insidious, and far less subversive of democracy, than Republican led efforts to prevent voting by people who have had their homes foreclosed on (among many, many other attempts to disenfranchise legitimate voters).

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 10 months ago

There is no federal investigation over the $800,000 contract, which, by the way, was not with ACORN, anyway, but with another organization that has some close ties with ACORN.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 10 months ago

So, what we can say about ACORN is that many aspects of its operations are poorly managed, and they are beset with a good deal of disorganization, and that they would prefer that their employees see themselves more as volunteers than employees who deserve union representation. Yet, we are supposed to believe that they are capable of a massive conspiracy that can deliver the literally 100's of thousands of fraudulent votes that would be required to significantly affect the outcome of this fall's election.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 10 months ago

OK, snap, there was a RICO lawsuit filed the other day. But it was by a right-wing "think tank" (now there's an oxymoron,) not by state or federal prosecutors. In other words, it's a purely political move.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 10 months ago

Possibly so, tvc, but incompetence and disorganization, which appears to be what's mostly at work here, do not a conspiracy make, and that is what the Republicans desperately want everyone to believe.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 6 years, 10 months ago

No, that was just rumor/wishful thinking in the wackosphere, snap.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

"Voter registration fraud is not the same thing as voter fraud." One is a prelude to the other."Voter registration fraud will not affect the number of people voting." It may affect how many times those people vote."Some of this "fraud" is a result of organizers complying with state law regarding destruction of registration documents." Most likely, most of it is not due to that."John McCain, until his recent bout of desperation, was a pretty big supporter of ACORN." Did McCain pay them $800,000?"What ACORN has (allegedly) done is far, far less insidious, and far less subversive of democracy, than Republican led efforts to prevent voting by people who have had their homes foreclosed on (among many, many other attempts to disenfranchise legitimate voters)." Not in the minds of some of us.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

If you are an imaginary-American, you can get help registering to vote 14 times in different states. Call 1-800-acorn.Operators are standing by.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

"WASHINGTON - The FBI is investigating whether the community activist group ACORN helped foster voter registration fraud around the nation before the presidential election. "http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081016/ap_on_el_pr/voter_fraud_fbi_1

tvc 6 years, 10 months ago

Despite its ardent public support of higher wages and union membership for all workers, ACORN has made repeated attempts to block the unionization of its own workforce while paying below-minimum-wage salaries to its employees. In addition to the extensive union-busting detailed by the NLRB (see Appendix A), ACORN unsuccessfully sued the state of California to be exempted from the minimum wage. In its appeal of that suit, ACORN argued that the reduction in the number of employees resulting from the minimum wage would violate its First Amendment rights. ACORN's claims were labeled "absurd" by the presiding judge (see Appendix B). http://www.epionline.org/study_detail.cfm?sid=1

geniusmannumber1 6 years, 10 months ago

"But McCain's voter fraud worries about Acorn or anyone else are unsupported by the facts, said experts on election fraud, who recall similar concerns being raised in several previous elections, despite a near-total absence of cases."There's no evidence that any of these invalid registrations lead to any invalid votes," said David Becker, project director of the "Make Voting Work" initiative for the Pew Charitable Trusts.Becker should know: he was a lawyer for the Bush administration until 2005, in the Justice Department's voting rights section, which was part of the administration's aggressive anti-vote-fraud effort."The Justice Department really made prosecution of voter fraud of this sort a big priority in the first half of this decade, and they really didn't come up with anything," he said. ""And while the RNC has labeled Acorn a "quasi-criminal group," not all Republicans share their party's concern. Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, whom McCain once reportedly considered as a running mate, told a reporter recently that he wasn't worried by Acorn's registration efforts in his state. ""Even the non-partisan truth-in-politics Web site FactCheck.org called foul on McCain's alleged possible conspiracy, noting that a Republican prosecutor handling a key Acorn registration fraud case has said there's no evidence indicating the group was involved in vote fraud."This scheme was not intended to permit illegal voting," said King County, Wash. Prosecutor Dan Satterberg in a 2007 statement, after a federal-state investigation found seven Acorn workers had submitted over 1,700 bogus voter registration forms. "http://www.abcnews.go.com/Blotter/Story?id=6049529&page=3Above and beyond all this, you apparently believe that if somebody fills out a voter registration card with the name Mickey Mouse, he will show up, say "I'm Mickey Mouse" and be allowed to vote. In other words, you are either willfully obstinate, or dumb as a pig..The $800,000 did not involve any voter regsitration....You know what? I could go on all day. If you ignore facts, you ignore facts. Have fun the next eight years.On a side note: anybody find it ... interesting ... that "Joe the Plumber's" dad is Charles Keating's son-in-law (yes, that Charles Keating)? And that he's not actually a plumber?

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

The widespread ACORN fraudulent registrations should be the subject of RICO suits. Oh wait, one was filed just the other day. Groovy!

tvc 6 years, 10 months ago

I find ACORN to be dishonest. I'm sure the employees had a quota to fill and instead of working they went home and filled them out. I also doubt that Mickey Mouse will show up to vote.

Flap Doodle 6 years, 10 months ago

"The $800,000 did not involve any voter regsitration:."Just various 'services', right? The federal indictments will make all that public record. They'll have to build an ACORN wing in Leavenworth.

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