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Advance voting slow for April election

March 29, 2009

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Advance voting for upcoming city and school board elections is slow, according to the Douglas County Clerk’s office.

A total of 855 advance ballots had been mailed to voters by Friday, but only 169 had been returned, Deputy Clerk Keith Campbell said.

And only 77 people had voted in-person at the courthouse since voting started March 18. The deadline for advance voting is noon April 6, the day before the election.

In contrast, during last year’s presidential election, there were some instances when 80 people an hour were advance voting in person, Campbell said.

“It doesn’t seem like there is a lot of interest in this one,” Campbell said. “That’s unfortunate because this (election) has the greatest impact on people, but it doesn’t have the appeal that a presidential does,” Campbell said.

You can still get an advance voting application from the clerk’s office or online at douglascountyelections .com, but it must be completed before 5 p.m. Friday.

Election officials advise getting that application in sooner to avoid risking delays and receiving a ballot too late to be of use.

Ballots must be completed and returned by mail or hand-delivered to the clerk before 7 p.m. on Election Day.

This week, advance voting hours will be from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the courthouse, 1100 Mass.

On Saturday, advance voting will be from 9 a.m. to noon at the courthouse, city halls in Lecompton and Eudora, and the Baldwin City Library.

Comments

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years ago

I am not surprized. For years I have followed common sense and encouraged voting at the local level. After all, those people are the ones that have the most direct effect on the citizens of Lawrence, not the wonks in Washington.

Well, no more. I will not be voting in any more city elections. The city commission is made up of people who can buy the most yard signs. No amount of experience, knowledge, common sense or familiarity is required. And when elected, they will all become sheep to the city manager, who controls all city business and all members of the commission.

Voting for commissioners in Lawrence is a futile exercise due to the spineless, uninitiated, unaware and unconcerned nature of most of those elected for this job. My advice, forget it. You are wasting your time.

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