A Candidate fair for Lawrence City Commission and Lawrence school board is set for 10 a.m. to noon Saturday at the Lawrence Visitor Information Center, which is inside the Union Pacific Depot at 402 N. Second St. in North Lawrence.
Tables will be provided for candidates, who have been invited by the Voter Education Coalition to pass out materials and meet with voters.
“This is a new event for us, and we hope local voters will take advantage of this opportunity to meet informally with candidates and ask any questions they have before voting,” said Pattie Johnston, co-chairwoman of the coalition.
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Registered voters may cast their ballots ahead of time and in-person during extended and expanded advance-voting opportunities Saturday in Lawrence and area towns.
Douglas County Clerk’s Office will open locations for advance voting from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at:
- Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass.
- Baldwin City Fire Station, 610 High St.
- Eudora City Hall, 4 E. Seventh St.
- Lecompton City Hall, 327 Elmore St.
The hours are intended to make it easier for voters take advantage of advance voting should they so choose, said Jamie Shew, county clerk. Such voting has been going on for more than two weeks during regular business hours weekdays at the County Courthouse.
“This is a great opportunity for someone to just be able to vote and not have to worry that they have to get to work in Kansas City or something,” said Shew, the county’s chief elections officer. “It’s one more opportunity to provide convenience and flexibility to the election.”
In-person advance voting will continue from 8 a.m. to noon Monday at the County Courthouse. After that, voters looking to cast ballots in-person will need to show up at their regular polling places sometime between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. Tuesday, which is Election Day.
Anyone with a completed mail-in ballot must see that it is received at the courthouse by 7 p.m. Tuesday to be counted.
Tuesday is Election Day for many local governments. Among them will be the five-member Lawrence City Commission, which has three seats available, and the seven-member Lawrence school board, which has four seats available.
Thus far, Shew said, more than 620 ballots already have been cast through advance voting, leading him to predict an overall voter turnout of about 20 percent, which would be typical for an April election.