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40 years ago: Kansas votes to keep status quo

November 8, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 8, 1972:

Kansas voters had shown themselves to be very much in favor of the status quo this year as they delivered a strong mandate in the general election to the incumbent president and state officials. The state had given its seven electoral votes to President Nixon by a margin of 69 percent, with 29 percent going to Democrat George McGovern and 2 percent for American party candidate John Schmitz. Kansas voters also returned Democrat Robert B. Docking to the governorship for a fourth two-year term and re-elected all six congressmen who were up for election. In Lawrence. the last precinct had reported its results to the Douglas County Courthouse at 5:45 a.m. when tallies from the Kennedy School polling place had been delivered by a weary poll worker to an equally exhausted county clerk's staff. About 400 volunteers had staffed the county's polling places yesterday, receiving $1.25 an hour for a heavy workday that in some cases reached almost 24 hours straight. County Clerk Delbert Mathia, said that voting machines were a possible future alternative currently under consideration.

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