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Archive for Monday, November 5, 2012

100 years ago: Election Day 1912: Nearly all registered Lawrence voters flock to polls

November 5, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 5, 1912:

  • "The three cornered presidential contest sent to the polls today many voters who took unprecedented interest in the outcome of a campaign which had been waged with unusual bitterness. Mid-day reports from every quarter indicate a nation-wide record-breaking vote.... It was expected that Kansas would poll over 375,000 votes, the heaviest in the history of the state. The weather early was cloudy, but sunshine was expected before noon.... At 10:30 this morning the skies were still overcast but the vote over the state was heavy.... At 2:30 this afternoon a total of 1803 had voted in the six wards in Lawrence.... From all indications the heaviest vote ever cast in the city of Lawrence was polled today. The threatening weather which prevailed during the day and broke forth into a slight rain shortly after noon kept a few voters from the polls but the number was no doubt very small. The indications were that almost the entire registered vote was cast here today.... The voting began at 8 o'clock and business was rushing at practically all of the polling places all day. At the rate at which the voting was proceeding at 10 o'clock this morning it seemed that the entire vote would be about in by closing time, 6 o'clock.... There were a large number of Kansas University students who voted today. It is estimated that about 500 went to their homes over the state to cast their ballots today, and for many of them it was the first they ever cast for a presidential candidate. Many students took advantage of the absent voter's law which made it possible for them to vote in Lawrence and have their ballot forwarded to their home county and counted there.... Those who lived close to Lawrence practically all went home. Chancellor Strong had declared that all who wished to go home to vote would be excused from their classes on the hill during the time that they were away."
  • "The Board of Education last night voted to install automatic valves in the drinking fountains at the school buildings in an effort to reduce the amount of water consumed by the schools These valves are placed on the old constant flow fountains and thus are not in operation except when the pupil is drinking."

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