Archive for Thursday, October 18, 2012

Voter registration down in Douglas County

October 18, 2012


Voter registration is down in Douglas County compared with the last presidential election, according to preliminary and incomplete figures.

Currently there are 78,402 registeredvoters in Douglas County, compared with 84,440 in 2008.

The current number will increase some when mail-in registrations and those from the Department of Motor Vehicles are collected next week.

But those will probably not bring the current figure up to the 2008 level. Douglas County Clerk Jamie Shew said he expects probably about 1,000 more registrations will be added to the final tally.

"I will say we have not gotten the amount of registrations from the colleges as we got in 2008 which could explain the difference," Shew said.

The deadline to register to vote expired Tuesday. Advance voting has started and continues through Nov. 5. Election Day is Nov. 6.

The breakdown of registered voters also has changed, according to the early figures.

From 2008 to now, Democrats fell from 29,141 to 27,118; Republicans fell from 24,632 to 22,653; and unaffiliated decreased from 28,816 to 27,820. The remaining numbers of registered voters included members of minor parties, which totaled less than 1,000.

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.

Google form

Voter affiliation in Douglas County

35.5 percent of Douglas County voters identify themselves as unaffiliated, 34.6 percent Democrats, 28.9 percent Republicans and 1 percent make up other political parties. The numbers do not ad up to 100 because of rounding.


toe 5 years, 7 months ago

Voting is now a sport. It will need tee shirts and water bottles give always to draw a crowd.

Hooligan_016 5 years, 7 months ago

What, the sticker isn't enough for you??


chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

Part of it is an enthusiasm gap, and part of it is confusion about voter ID laws. A lot of students haven't switched drivers' licences to Kansas yet, and are confused about alternative acceptable IDs. The answer is that your KUID is valid at the polls, btw.

Congratulations, Kobach. Voter ID is working as intended.

verity 5 years, 7 months ago

This isn't just a presidential election. Right?

chootspa 5 years, 7 months ago

Obama, no. It's the state and local candidates that likely concern him (and the Kochs) more.

Hooligan_016 5 years, 7 months ago

Very true, same thing was going on with the Census. There was confusion if students should report their current location (yes) or their permanent address (no).

If you want to vote absentee in your home state, then great, just remember to do it!

kuguardgrl13 5 years, 7 months ago

The voter ID law is a big thing. The Kansan didn't have anything about voter registration until last week. Most students probably didn't realize that they don't need a Kansas license if they register via the paper form and their KUID. The online form requires a Kansas license or non-driver ID. With students wanting to do more and more online, I'm not surprised that numbers are down.

kuguardgrl13 5 years, 7 months ago

Not to mention, I heard that canvassers didn't go to the student ghetto much if at all.

And being from Minnesota, I would bet that quite a few KU students from up there are voting absentee for the marriage amendment that's on the ballot. I personally will be voting here.

tbaker 5 years, 7 months ago

But they were smart enough to get into college, right?

Fred Whitehead Jr. 5 years, 7 months ago

Why is this news??. It does not make any sense to vote in Bleeding Kansas or "Flyover Kansas"

The western end of the state and the Koch brothers have hijacked the state politics and with no one to vote for but petulant and facist Republicans, who would want to vote at all??

verity 5 years, 7 months ago

There are some good people to vote for. Even in cases of the lesser of two evils, well, isn't lesser evil better than more evil?

Giving up just isn't acceptable.

Cant_have_it_both_ways 5 years, 7 months ago

NEWSFLASH: Voter registration down, food stamps at an all time high!

bondmen 5 years, 7 months ago

Hasn't Barry Hussein's poor stewardship and lousy policy initiatives and their resulting lethargic and unexciting economic environment discouraged the hope and change voters he strung along in 2008 like the Pied Piper of Socialism? So it fits registrations would be down in a liberal Progressive area, many have decided not to vote this go around because they were mislead and are now disappointed and discouraged.

tbaker 5 years, 7 months ago

Voter ID laws causing low turn-out. What a load...

Fathom the hypocrisy of a Government that requires every citizen to prove they are insured...but not everyone must prove they are a citizen to vote. (Ben Stein)

Did you know that if you are a chicken, you have a unique ID tag on your leg in order to cross a stateline? Yep. New FDA rule.

Chickens need IDs. The all-time record number of people on food stamps need IDs in order to get the food stamps to buy and eat the chickens. They need an ID to buy the beer to wash down the chicken, while they have dinner in the rent-subsidized house they needed an ID to get the government hand-out for.

But an ID to VOTE! Gasp....

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