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Archive for Wednesday, November 7, 2012

40 years ago: Douglas County reports heavy voter turnout

November 7, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 7, 1972:

  • Ideal autumn weather combined with a very heated race called out almost 10,000 Lawrence residents before 1:00 p.m. today to cast their ballots. The total of Douglas County voters today was expected to approach 30,000, breaking by almost 10,000 the previous record of 20,236 set in the presidential election of 1968. Both the lowering of the legal voting age to 18 and the reduction of the local residency requirement from six months to 21 days were considered factors in the high turnout. Although turnout was heavy, most voters were showing patience when they had to wait in line for a polling booth. A woman at the polling place at Rusty's on 23rd Street was heard to remark, "I've been voting at 7 a.m. for the past 10 years or so and this is the first time I have had to stand in line."
  • Local groups sponsoring bingo had stopped the practice in compliance with a recent Kansas Supreme Court ruling. Mike Elwell, Douglas County attorney, said today that he had had no reports of bingo since Friday night. He reported that five or six people had called him over the weekend about the game being played locally, and he had advised them to not take part. Local organizations were now expressing concern for the revenue they were to lose under the new ruling. The Knights of Columbus, for example, had been sponsoring bingo twice a week for about six years and had been counting on it as a source of revenue.

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