At one polling place in central Lawrence, turnout for Tuesday’s local elections was beyond a little slow.
Out of about 2,000 registered voters in the precinct, no one had showed up at all at the Burge Union until 11:20 a.m., when Molly DesBaillets walked in the room.
Election worker Carol Hood Henderson, an 18-year veteran, was just saying how she had never worked an election where no one showed up at the polling place.
The county clerk’s office had estimated about 15 voters for the precinct for the day, election workers said.
The precinct largely covers Daisy Hill and other student residences.
“I think the city elections are important to students, and I wish they paid more attention,” she said.
And then, a few minutes later, DesBaillets, a graduate student in anthropology living in Stouffer Place, walked in almost on cue.
“I just believe in voting. I try to always vote,” she said. “I don’t think any system works without feedback.”
She said she has kids in the local school district, and is interested in ensuring they receive a good education, and thinks the city government impacts folks’ daily lives, too, in a number of different areas.
“Like sidewalks,” she said.