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Archive for Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Editorial: Extra mile

You can’t always beat Mother Nature, but the Douglas County clerk is doing his best to maximize participation in today’s primary election.

February 26, 2013

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At this point, it’s not clear how adverse weather conditions may affect today’s primary election to narrow the field of Lawrence City Commission candidates.

What is clear is that Douglas County is fortunate to have a county clerk who goes above and beyond the call of duty to try to maximize voter participation in local, state and national elections. After learning last week that a second large snowstorm was forecast for Monday night and today, County Clerk Jamie Shew made the quick decision to add advance voting hours on Sunday afternoon to give people more opportunities to cast their ballots. A thousand people who might not have been willing or able to get to the polls today responded by voting on Sunday at the courthouse. Shew also began formulating contingency plans to make sure polling places are open today “regardless of the weather.”

City commission and school board elections — and especially primaries — traditionally draw a low voter turnout in Lawrence, and weather concerns today may aggravate that problem. However, Shew’s extra efforts should serve as a reminder of the importance of every election and as an inspiration for voters to make every effort to participate in today’s primary balloting.

Comments

Centerville 1 year, 6 months ago

So glad Kobach asked all the County Clerks to stay open, and that Shew agreed. Gave me the chance I needed to get my vote in. Thanks!

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just_another_bozo_on_this_bus 1 year, 6 months ago

Oh, puhleeze, Kobach was grandstanding (again,) while Shew was just professionally going about doing his job. Please learn the difference.

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Michelle Fales 1 year, 6 months ago

I couldn't agree more with this Editorial. I am helping one of the candidates with their election. The communication we have been receiving consistently from Jamie Shew and his office has been great. It has allowed us to communicate the extended hours, etc to everyone via emails, Facebook, and word of mouth. Thank you, Jamie and Team, for doing an incredible job in light of the weather!!!

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Cindy Yulich 1 year, 6 months ago

Couldn't agree more. Jamie Shew has been consistently professional throughout his term and this recent effort just adds to that and deserves 100% of the credit for how smoothly elections run in Douglas county. It's clearly his goal to make sure as many Douglas Countians vote as possible. We'll never know, and Jamie probably wouldn't say, but I'd be surprised if Shew wasn't making the call to Kobach asking for extended hours. Kudos to all involved in the effort!

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Cindy Yulich 1 year, 6 months ago

Couldn't agree more. Jamie Shew has been consistently professional throughout his term and this recent effort just adds to that. He deserves 100% of the credit for how smoothly elections run in Douglas county. It's clearly his goal to make sure as many Douglas Countians vote as possible. We'll never know, and Jamie probably wouldn't say, but I'd be surprised if Shew wasn't making the call to Kobach asking for extended hours. Kudos to all involved in the effort!

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