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Voter turnout sluggish throughout city

Lawrence resident John Pultz and his son Ian Pultz-Earle, 10, look in as the votes are counted by election workers Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at the Douglas County Courthouse.

Lawrence resident John Pultz and his son Ian Pultz-Earle, 10, look in as the votes are counted by election workers Tuesday, April 7, 2009 at the Douglas County Courthouse.

April 8, 2009

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After the final tally of election results flashed on the projector screen Tuesday in the Douglas County Courthouse, excitement soon died down when candidates and election watchers saw an ugly number.

Voter turnout: 13.9 percent.

“It is across the board with precincts,” Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said.

Most precincts had turnouts that ranged in the teens or 20s, but Kansas University students didn’t participate.

“For the student population, there’s just not a big push to get them out to vote,” Shew said.

Shew’s office had been pessimistic about turnout as advance voting started slowly.

Comments

jade 5 years ago

I want to know why people don't participate. There's no way to improve this rate unless we understand its causes.

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couranna1 5 years ago

StirrrThePot (Anonymous) says…

Well…if people don't vote, then they have no business comlpaining if they do not agree with the work our local officials perform. It is simple as that…


yes it is if you are a simpleton. Where in the constitution does it say that you have to vote to have an opinion.? Get real and stop that lame stuff. I did not vote as I did not want to pick the best available out of a group of do nothings and I only really saw a couple of candidates that made sense and those were in the school board race (Sanburn, Byers) So by not voting along with 86.1% of all voters who made the bigger statement, those that voted or those who did not so sorry simpleton your argument has zero % merit

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StirrrThePot 5 years ago

Well...if people don't vote, then they have no business comlpaining if they do not agree with the work our local officials perform. It is simple as that...

I hope our newly elected officials do a great job.

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jade 5 years ago

13.9%? What's up with that?

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couranna1 5 years ago

13.9% the people have spoken Result: the people do not care

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