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40 years ago: Voters turning out early for Kansas primary

August 1, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 1, 1972:

  • Beginning at 7 a.m. today, nearly half a million Kansas voters were expected to cast ballots in the state's primary election. The expected turnout of 475,000 of the state's 900,000-plus eligible voters was expected to vote most heavily in the Republican primary. In Douglas County, more than 3,500 Lawrence residents had cast their ballots by lunchtime today. County Clerk Delbert Mathia was predicting about 12,500 voters to turn out in Douglas County before the polls closed at 7 p.m. More than 850 voters had been issued absentee ballots for this election, almost double the number issued for the 1970 primary.
  • The family of young Christopher Wilhelm was still searching for the cat that had bitten the boy on July 19. Christopher had just taken his eighth rabies shot today. "We've looked at lots of cats -- but not the right one," said Mr. Laurin Wilhelm today. "We're still looking. We've looked at cats from Iowa to west of Kasold. We're going to keep looking because we'd like to stop the shots. Everybody has really been very helpful, very cooperative."
  • Vehicle owners whose license plate initial was P, Q or R could purchase their new green and gold car tags August 15. Tags with M, N and O were to be on sale until Aug. 31.

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