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Archive for Monday, November 1, 2010

Advance voting in Douglas County outpaces 2006 election, but turnout expected to be under 50 percent

November 1, 2010

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Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew is predicting voter turnout to be 41 percent to 43 percent for today’s midterm elections.

Monday was the last day for advance voting at the Douglas County Courthouse.

Monday was the last day for advance voting at the Douglas County Courthouse.

“We still don’t see a significant turnout in the Kansas University precincts, and that’s such a large part of our registration,” Shew said Monday.

Voters in Lawrence will head to the polls from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to decide several congressional and state offices, plus an $18 million bond issue to finance an expansion of the Lawrence Public Library.

Shew expects 60 percent turnout in some precincts in south and west Lawrence where contested Kansas House races will be on the ballot. But he said there’s been much less political activity near the KU campus compared with the 2006 midterm elections.

However, he said that in-person advance votes for this election outpaced 2006. In-person advance voting ended at noon Monday, and 2,627 people voted. The clerk’s office had mailed 4,572 advance ballots and received 2,528 of them back by late Monday afternoon.

The clerk’s office offered other tips for voters:

• Voters in precinct 6 in northern Lawrence, who usually voted at The Windsor, will instead vote at Deerfield School, 101 Lawrence Ave., along with Precinct 5 voters. Shew sent letters to voters after he found out a week ago that The Windsor was unavailable.

• Check your polling place at www.douglascountyelections.com if you are unsure.

• If you still have an advance ballot, it must be turned in to the clerk’s office at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass., or placed in the drop box south of the courthouse by 7 p.m. today, Shew said.

• Shew recently certified the number of voters in each political party. The results: Democrats have 27,830 registered voters in Douglas County; Republicans have 23,202; Libertarians, 701; and the Reform Party checks in with 72. But the largest group of registered voters continues to be in the unaffiliated category, with 28,015.

Comments

David Holroyd 4 years, 1 month ago

Library bond passes and RENTS go up. thank you voters.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 4 years, 1 month ago

You could easily absorb that small increase if you wanted.

Kelly Johnson 4 years, 1 month ago

I want to vote because I believe in the process, but unfortunately I don't believe any politician is trustworthy and I absolutely despise the way campaigning is done these days.

LogicMan 4 years, 1 month ago

"We still don’t see a significant turnout"

Normally, less is more.

This time, less isn't Moore.

hail2oldku 4 years, 1 month ago

Fairly high turnout already at my polling station. I voted shortly before 8 and was #51. Two years ago in the general election I was somewhere in the 20s voting around the same time of day.

I hope the larger turnout translates into a NO vote on the library issue.

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