Archive for Monday, November 5, 2012

Strong turnout’ predicted at polls

November 5, 2012, 3:39 p.m. Updated November 5, 2012, 3:53 p.m.


After the close of early voting, Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew predicted a healthy showing of voters at the polls today.

“I think we are going to have a really strong turnout,” Shew said.

In-person advance voting wrapped up at noon Monday, and mail-in ballots were still flooding in, Shew said.

Polls are open today from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Voters will be picking a president, U.S. representative, state legislators and other offices.

Shew predicted a turnout of registered voters “in the high 60s” percentage-wise. In the last presidential election in 2008, 67 percent of Douglas County registered voters cast ballots.

But in 2008, there were more registered voters in Douglas County: 83,174 as compared with the current total of 78,752.

In 2008, 17,156 advance ballots were cast both in-person and by mail. During this election, that figure will be in the 15,000 range, Shew said.

Some Douglas County residents may not see their votes count because of Hurricane Sandy, which slammed the East Coast last week, Shew said.

He said he has spoken with a couple of Douglas County residents who are staying temporarily on the East Coast for work but still vote in Lawrence.

But if their mail-in ballots are not in Shew’s hands by 7 p.m. today, they will not count, Shew said. Because some mail service is still spotty on the East Coast, Shew said they are concerned the ballots won’t arrive in time.

Federal law allows overseas ballots to be faxed or emailed back, but Kansas law governs mail-in ballots within the United States back to the state and it doesn’t provide for fax or email ballots, Shew said.

This election also represents the first general election in which Kansans must show a photo ID to vote.

Acceptable forms of ID are driver’s license or government-issued nondriver’s ID card; concealed gun permit; U.S. passport; government-issued employee badge; military ID; college student ID; government-issued public assistance card; and ID card issued by an Indian tribe.

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Steve Jacob 5 years, 5 months ago

Get this election over with, I bet next week I will still get Anthony Brown postcards.

LadyJ 5 years, 5 months ago

That baby gets my vote, absolutely adorable.

jhawkinsf 5 years, 5 months ago

Wednesday morning, the political pundits will be selecting the frontrunners for the election of 2016. For their part, those interested in running are already laying the foundation. This election cycle ends today. The next cycle begins immediately.

kernal 5 years, 5 months ago

I predict a rude awakening for many tomorrow morning.

Pastor_Bedtime 5 years, 5 months ago

You can already hear the disappointed Teabaggers heading to their bunkers, bibles and handguns at the ready...while the rest of the nation celebrates and prepares for the next step ~ removing obstructionist and radical congressmen and governors, and continuing to work together on both sides of the aisle to make this great country even greater for 100% ~ not 1% ~ of the population!

Shardwurm 5 years, 5 months ago



Do you remember the mid-term elections at all?

Pastor_Bedtime 5 years, 5 months ago

Yes, I remember the knee-jerk Teabaggers reacting in fear to the notion that the common man may actually have a say under Obama's regime, and how Brownback quickly became the Koch Bros' nancy boy. I also remember how the Kansas Republicans have done all they can to cast out any moderates, without a thought to what this would do to their majority in future votes. Many others will remember this as well.

I also remember that you have recently stated how Obama will be "wallloped" by Romney. Time will tell.

LOL indeed.

Pastor_Bedtime 5 years, 5 months ago

Their obstruction becomes their lost opportunity, and more opportunity for the rest of us then!

jafs 5 years, 5 months ago

Are you sure that's not from 2008?

And, I have to comment on the irony that you would use the SPLC as a source, given the massive rhetoric from the right against that group.

Do you now think it's a good group, and that we should pay attention to what they say?

I agree, of course, that if there's any voter intimidation going on, it should be stopped.

An acquaintance just told me yesterday that he and some other folks he knew had received a mailing from Kobach's office telling them that their polling place had changed. It turned out to be false information.

Is that also an issue that you would address, given your interest in free and fair elections?

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 5 months ago

Shenanigans. Stop it already. Your Caucasian fear is showing. Are the millions being spent by the Koch bros to intimidate and challenge voters racially motivated?

Kyle Seiwert 5 years, 5 months ago

LOL. You mean the video of the guy smiling and holding the door open for an old lady? The nerve of that guy! You racist Faux News bubble believers are hilarious. I can't wait to watch Faux News tonight and watch them have to call this election for Obama. Schadenfreude at its very, very best.

MarcoPogo 5 years, 5 months ago

This intimidation clearly has the Bilderberg Group written alllllllll over it.

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 5 months ago

I know. My confusion relates to context, I guess. Is Marco saying the panthers are Bilderberg puppets?

MarcoPogo 5 years, 5 months ago

Your questions are only muddying the waters. You must be one of the Lizard People.

Kathy Theis-Getto 5 years, 5 months ago

One black man in a beret. Be afraid, be very afraid.

deec 5 years, 5 months ago

Whoops, there and gone again...again.

headdoctor 5 years, 5 months ago

Yup, but the mods missed one. Probably made it under the radar because of just a couple of posts. Give it time and it will rear its ugly head....again.

headdoctor 5 years, 5 months ago

Yup. I am sure this is a treatable condition provided they seek treatment.

lawslady 5 years, 5 months ago

Longest lines I have ever seen at my polling place. Too bad that Kansas' vote on the Presidential race - either way - is kind of meaningless given how the electoral college system works.

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