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Registration ends Tuesday; voting starts Wednesday

October 15, 2012

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Tuesday is the last day to register to vote for the Nov. 6 general election, and on Wednesday, advance voting starts in Douglas County.

County officials are offering longer hours and more sites to accommodate voters who want to cast ballots before Election Day.

“Expanding advance voting to match citizen needs and increased demand was a priority for the 2012 election plan,” said Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew.

“Many people advance-vote to avoid potential polling place lines during presidential elections, but in 2008 we had advance voting lines down the sidewalk. Hopefully, this new plan supports fewer lines for both advance and Election Day voting,” Shew said.

Advance voting, both in-person and mail-in, made up 34 percent of the vote in 2008 in Douglas County.

Here’s the schedule for advance voting. Any Douglas County voter can cast a ballot at any of these sites.

Douglas County Courthouse, 11th and Massachusetts streets

• 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Wednesday-Friday.

• 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Oct. 22-26.

• 8 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

• Additional hours at the courthouse will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. The last time for advance voting at the courthouse is 8 a.m. to noon Nov. 5.

Brandon Woods Smith Center, 4730 Brandon Woods Terrace

• 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

Building 21 at Douglas County Fairgrounds, 2110 Harper St.

• 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 29-Nov. 2.

Drive Room at Kansas University Burge Union, 1601 Irving Hill Road

• 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Oct. 29-Nov. 1.

Lecompton City Hall, Eudora Recreation Center and Baldwin City Fire Department

• 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 27 and Nov. 3.

In-person registration can be done at the Douglas County Clerk’s office, which will be open until 7 p.m. Tuesday. Also a registration form can be found through douglas-county.com and then faxed to 832-5192 or scanned and emailed to elections@douglas-county.com. Online registration through the Kansas Department of Revenue’s website will be open until right before midnight Tuesday.

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