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.

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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.


tbaker 1 year, 6 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....


bondmen 1 year, 6 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.


atiopatioo 1 year, 6 months ago

It could be the middle class is too poor and too sapped to vote.

U.S. News: Middle-Class Decline Saps the Future

Thursday, 18 Oct 2012 08:10 AM

By John Morgan

The decline of the middle class is fundamentally reshaping the U.S. economy, with unwanted repercussions for higher education, government and the future, according to an analysis by U.S. News & World Report.

Even the middle class’s health has suffered, U.S. News said.

“Their economic future isn’t very bright,” said Timothy Smeeding, director of a poverty research center at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. “Wages and income are flat. Transportation, childcare costs and healthcare costs are going up, and your income isn’t.” Editor's Note: Startling Proof of the End of America’s Middle Class. Details in the Video

The definition of “middle class” varies. The New York Times reported that the Tax Policy Center placed the median household income at $42,000 in 2011, while the Census Bureau tagged it at $50,000.

“These people live on earnings,” Smeeding said. “They’re working on not great wages and their jobs are threatened. They don’t see any hope in the future of things getting better.”

A recent survey of self-described middle-class adults by the Pew Research Center found 85 percent of them believed it was more difficult now than a decade ago to maintain their standard of living. Most of them (62 percent) said “a lot” of the blame lies with Congress, while 54 percent said banks and financial institutions were to blame, 47 percent blamed large corporations and 34 percent blamed the Obama administration.

Read more: U.S. News: Middle-Class Decline Saps the Future


Timothy Eugene 1 year, 6 months ago

Doesn't have a damn thing to do with voter ID laws, you idiots. You don't need ID to register, just to vote. Besides, the voter ID law doesn't go into effect until 2013. Spread your propaganda elsewhere. Pleas educate yourself instead of spewing liberal mantra all the time.


Cant_have_it_both_ways 1 year, 6 months ago

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


Fred Whitehead Jr. 1 year, 6 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??


chootspa 1 year, 6 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.


toe 1 year, 6 months ago

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


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