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Archive for Saturday, November 3, 2012

Early voting trails 2008 pace in county

Tricia Venters, Lawrence, instructs her son  Zach Venters, 10, on how to fill out her ballot Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, as she participated in advance voting at the Douglas County Courthouse. Zach, a student at Quail Run elementary will participate in Kids Vote at school Tuesday. Advance voting will continue at the courthouse Saturday from 9 to 3 p.m. and Monday 8-12 p.m.

Tricia Venters, Lawrence, instructs her son Zach Venters, 10, on how to fill out her ballot Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, as she participated in advance voting at the Douglas County Courthouse. Zach, a student at Quail Run elementary will participate in Kids Vote at school Tuesday. Advance voting will continue at the courthouse Saturday from 9 to 3 p.m. and Monday 8-12 p.m.

November 3, 2012

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Heading into the final stage of early voting, Douglas County voter participation trails the last presidential election in 2008.

In 2008, a total of 17,156 advance ballots were cast both in-person and by mail, according to Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew. As of Thursday night, 9,578 ballots voted.

Shew said he has found that precincts with lots of college students are far below the early voting turnout of 2008, while other precincts are having a large turnout.

Shew said he remains confident for a solid turnout on Election Day on Tuesday when polls are open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Here’s the remaining schedule for advance voting:

• Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. today. The last time for advance voting at the courthouse is 8 a.m. to noon Monday.

• Lecompton City Hall, Eudora Recreation Center and Baldwin City Fire Department: 9 a.m.-3 p.m. today.

Comments

rockchalker52 1 year, 5 months ago

Obama's gonna win & retain the presidency.

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rockchalk1977 1 year, 5 months ago

Obama says "voting is the best revenge." Yes, revenge for 4 years of Obama failures. Just more division from the Divider-In-Chief. We can do better, Romney Ryan 2012.

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Steve Jacob 1 year, 5 months ago

The youth vote is lower, but don't rule Obama out, he can drop a few states from 2008 and still win. I take Romney hitting Penn. hard shows he will not win Ohio and the math does not work out without it.

These was no talk of getting rid of the electoral collage in 2000, we need that discussion now. Obama winning by 7% in 2008 might be the biggest margin we will see for awhile, every election will be close, I want the guy with the most votes being President, no matter who it is.

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JonasGrumby 1 year, 5 months ago

This is anecdotal, but early voting in the precincts in Lawrence that have a large number of college students is far below the level of 2008. If this lack of enthusiasm among younger voters is evident throughout the country, Mitt Romney is our next president.

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Flap Doodle 1 year, 5 months ago

Hope and change became rage and blame. Fewer people are falling for that line this go-around.

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jedifunk 1 year, 5 months ago

That number would be one higher if I'd actually received my ballot. Requested it at the start of October, was told it got sent out on the 19th…and I still haven't gotten it. Really disappointing.

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