Archive for Monday, September 1, 2008

Extra page on ballot could cost thousands

September 1, 2008


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 number of races and questions on the general election ballot appears to be a double-edged sword for Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew and election officials.

The presidential, congressional, state and county races, plus three Lawrence sales tax questions, should help boost voter turnout.

But it also means lots of words on the ballot.

So many words that, perhaps, Shew will have to give voters an extra page, instead of just one ballot with the front and back covered.

One extra page could cost the county $18,000 to $20,000, Shew said, and it could derail some of his plans to open up satellite advance voting sites across the county in days prior to the Nov. 4 election.

So the clerk's office last week was still planning the ballot, and Shew said he was trying everything he could to keep the questions on one sheet.

"I think that provides less confusion for voters. You're not dealing with two separate ballots, and then, from a cost standpoint that's also my goal," Shew said. "But I'm also not going to do something that creates such a compressed ballot that you have to have your magnifying glass to figure things out."

That could be the challenge, especially with three Lawrence sales tax questions to fit on there.

Shew had hoped to find a way to open up advance voting sites in Lecompton, Baldwin City, Eudora and Lawrence in the days before the election to persuade some voters to turn out early.

This could help keep some lines down on Election Day. But if more funds have to be put into printing the ballot, it could take away how many advance voting sites can be offered.

Shew said a decision on the ballot length could come later this week.

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


gr 9 years, 4 months ago

Who do you go to for either suing the city for stupidity or otherwise making them use logic and clearness on the ballot?I mean, why wouldn't it be much more clear to have:.20 for the T.25 for the TNothing for the T

Phil Minkin 9 years, 4 months ago

At the August 5 city commission meeting about 14 people spoke regarding the proposed sales tax issues to be put on the ballot. The 2 things that most stressed were that the amount for the T should be .25 instead of .2 and that the 2 proposals be combined. Both suggestions were rejected. The following week the commission decided to add the .05 as a seperate issue, hence the 3 votes on the ballot. Had they used common sense in the first place this $20,000 expense could have been avoided.

pace 9 years, 4 months ago

oh, ks twister, how special, no one disagrees with you, almost a miracle, when you think about it. Since this was basically about the silliness of having two different question on the t. your point about the cost of kitchen being a waste was so small that I almost didn't correct you. But everyone else but you thinks the kitchen makes sense. Oh no, I was kidding I am only speaking for myself when I say, you are wrong, you are wrong, you are wrong, nah, nay, nahg.

KsTwister 9 years, 4 months ago

Right. So why don't you tell the populace why a school's kitchen is less and serves more. No one is buying the need argument on this one.

KsTwister 9 years, 4 months ago

I was not making the argument with you. It was addressed to those who felt it necessary in hard times for the city/county to not only remodel and upscale but do so with such a blind eye to future actual (not fantasizing) need. Quit taking everything so personal. Not even the tip of the iceberg either.

KsTwister 9 years, 4 months ago

This from the same county who paid $85k to put new industrial kitchen appliances at the fairground. For paper plates? Right. We need that ballot more then we need anything else right now.

pace 9 years, 4 months ago

That kitchen is used for more than the event you went to. The two t proposals should of been combined. The egos on the city commission are more important than listening and money.

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