Archive for Tuesday, August 28, 2012

40 years ago: County gains new KU voters, but must wait to count them as residents

August 28, 2012


From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Aug. 28, 1972:

The 2,306 new eligible voters gained during a recent three-day voter registration drive at Kansas University could not be counted as Kansas residents, at least not for 1972, according to county officials. "There is no way" the new voters could be added to the 1972 census which had been forwarded to the state recently, according to Darwin Rogers, Douglas County assessor. The state census, unlike the federal census, did not count students as residents of their college towns unless they paid taxes or registered to vote. These new voters had fulfilled the second requirement, but it was too late to count them for this year. For each student not counted in the state census, Lawrence did not receive about $9 in state tax rebates.


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