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100 years ago: Lawrence man elected to both city and county positions

November 10, 2012

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From the Lawrence Daily Journal-World for Nov. 10, 1912:

  • “The Board of County Commissioners this morning began the official count of the votes cast in Douglas County at the general election on last Tuesday, an undertaking that probably will not be completed until some time tomorrow afternoon. This is in no way a small job and no definite results on the county can be obtained until late tomorrow…. The commissioners must go over all of the books in the county, take the totals for every office in every precinct and sum these up in the entire county thus obtaining the correct vote for every office. And this list of offices does not only include the state, national and county tickets but it takes in the various township offices…. Douglas County’s share of the absent vote will total about 40. These have arrived here and will be counted by the commissioners. Most of them are supposed to have been cast by traveling men whose homes are in Lawrence, but who were away at election time.”
  • “Herman Broeker, county clerk elect of Douglas county will after the 10th of next January be serving both as county clerk and as city councilman from the fourth ward. There has been some doubt as to the legal possibility of this but the state laws make no provision against such a dual office holding and Mr. Broeker in all probability will fill both offices, at least until the April election. Under the provisions of the state law it is illegal for a member of the city council to hold any office in the city with a salary attached. Rumor has construed this to mean that a councilman can hold no office whatever. However, according to City Attorney J. H. Mitchell this law applies only to city offices and he advances the opinion that it will be legal for Mr. Broeker to hold both of the offices to which he has been elected.”
  • “Washington – It is understood that no member of the cabinet will resign until March 4th at least. The feeling of loyalty to the President is very deep and every officer is expected to remain at the head of his department until the administration goes out of office.”

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