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Campaign Notebook: Nearly half of Kansas’ registered voters expected to participate in election

October 29, 2010, 11:47 a.m. Updated October 29, 2010, 3:17 p.m.


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— Less than half of Kansas’ registered voters are expected to cast ballots in Tuesday’s general election, and the total may be lower in Douglas County, election officials said Friday.

Secretary of State Chris Biggs predicted a 47.5 percent statewide turnout, or 820,000 of Kansas’ 1.7 million registered voters.

Turnout for the 2006 and 2002 midterm elections was 52 percent, and it was 50 percent in 1998, the office reported.

As of Friday morning, 191,083 advance ballots had been mailed to voters and 126,119 had been returned and 53,284 had been cast at satellite voting locations.

Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew was predicting a 43 percent turnout, which would be lower than the county’s 45 percent in 2006; 57 percent in 2002 and 47 percent in 1998.

“Student turnout is a large portion of my database, and we’ve seen very little activity on the campuses, very little registration and advance voting,” Shew said.

The Missouri secretary of state predicted a 51 percent turnout in that state, prompting Biggs to challenge Kansas voters to try to exceed that prediction.

Election Day is Tuesday. Advance voting in person ends noon Monday.


ksjayhawk74 7 years, 7 months ago

Nearly half!!! This is how bad politicians get elected people!!!

Centerville 7 years, 7 months ago

The unmentioned part of the story is the proportion of advance ballots to Republicans v. to Democrats. But that would make the story too interesting.

just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 7 years, 7 months ago

"What happened?"

Spiteful stupidity from Republicans would have to be at the top of the list.

Scott Drummond 7 years, 7 months ago

A whole lot of effort on the part of the corporate media to set unreasonably high expectations as a result of a supposed filibuster proof majority that never really existed, a well-funded effort to rebrand right wing enthusiasm and marginalize conservative American's legitimate disgust with republican party politics, a disciplined effort to place republican party interests ahead of achieving progress or improvement in the lives of Americans, and a constant willingness to lie and propagandize in order to destroy the President (death panels, blaming President Obama for the Wall Street bailout, etc.)

And if America is disenchanted with President Obama and the Democrats, the republicans have offered nothing to suggest they have any plan for improving our country. They are apparently going to get a seat at the table of government. They had better start producing some answers. Somehow I suspect Sarah, Glenn and chinless Mitch will come up a bit short in that effort.

Dover 7 years, 7 months ago

LJworld, what time do polls open tomorrow? Haven't been able to locate that info on the site yet. Thanks!

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