2009 Elections

For second election in a row, east Lawrence turnout dwarfed by west
April 8, 2009
Kennedy School and Langston Hughes School are in the same city, but when it comes to voting, they are worlds apart. At Kennedy — on the far east side of Lawrence — 7.5 percent of eligible voters surrounding the school turned out to vote in Tuesday’s city and school district races. At Langston Hughes — on the far west side of Lawrence — 21.9 percent of voters came to the polls.
Video: Voters, poll workers discuss Election Day

Voter George Osborne places a high importance on local elections. Watch »

Video: Advance voting continues

Friday was a busy day for advance voting at the Douglas County Courthouse. Watch »

Video: Candidates square off in final forum

Just eight days before local elections, candidates were still arguing about economic development policies in a forum. Watch »

Lawrence School Board candidate forum
Introduction Teacher salaries Budget cuts Kindergarten Science standards Homeless students Crossing guards

The candidates up for the Lawrence School Board in the April 7 elections answer questions and discuss their views.

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Lawrence City Commission candidate forum
Introduction Economic development Budget cuts Chamber of Commerce Library renovation Taxes Closing statements

The candidates for the Lawrence City Commission discuss their views and answer questions about the issues prior to the April 7 election.

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More 2009 Elections
Statehouse Live: Death penalty repeal set for debate next session; Parkinson moves away from tax increase; State GOP comments on elections
08:41 a.m., November 4, 2009 Updated 05:38 p.m.
Key lawmaker says abolition of death penalty will be considered; Governor says he hopes to avoid tax increases; Kansas Republicans tout wins in Virginia and New Jersey
Forum highlights ‘issue ads’ loophole
Politicians urge state to identify special interest groups
November 1, 2009
Last year at this time, voters’ mailboxes, televisions and radios were slammed with political campaign ads as the November election neared.
City and school board election results now official
April 10, 2009
Tuesday’s election results are now official, and the addition of 70 provisional ballots did not change the outcomes of any Douglas County races.
KU polling location gets 0.2 percent turnout
April 8, 2009
At one polling place near Kansas University, Tuesday’s turnout was beyond slow. Out of about 2,000 registered voters in the precinct, no one showed up at Burge Union until 11:20 a.m., when Molly DesBaillets walked in the room. The polling place ended up with a 0.2 percent turnout.
Eudora poll workers work in darkness after crash
April 8, 2009
Poll workers in Eudora and Grant Township had to finish work at their polling sites Tuesday with flashlights. A fatal vehicle crash near Olathe knocked out power in many areas of Eudora, but Shew said poll workers successfully executed their backup plan.
Election results unofficial until Friday
April 8, 2009
The election results are not official until the canvassing at 9 a.m. Friday at the Douglas County Courthouse, 1100 Mass. County Commissioners Jim Flory and Nancy Thellman and Treasurer Paula Gilchrist will decide whether to count 77 provisional ballots.
Young sidekick accompanies candidate until victory
April 8, 2009
Emma Johnson — the 8-year-old daughter of city commissioner-elect Lance Johnson — earned the privilege of staying up past her bedtime Tuesday night. Emma was with her father at the courthouse as Johnson waited for the final results. He said it’s fitting that his victory wasn’t assured until votes from the Langston Hughes School polling site were counted.
Langston Hughes precinct reports 22 percent turnout
April 8, 2009
The Langston Hughes precinct results were the final ones election officials counted. Shew said the precinct was the busiest in the county with a 22 percent turnout. Poll workers faced a rush there just before the 7 p.m. closing time, so it took them longer to complete their job.
A roundup of area results
April 8, 2009
• Ken Wagner will be the new Baldwin City mayor • Scott P. Hopson was elected Eudora mayor with 59 percent of the votes • Incumbents Jason Ward and Jim Truesdell were successful in their bids for re-election to the Tonganoxie City Council • Roy Paslay was elected Lecompton mayor • Former Basehor City Council member Terry Hill won a tight race to be the city’s mayor
Burge Union gets first voter about 11:30 a.m.
April 7, 2009
At one polling place in central Lawrence, turnout for Tuesday’s local elections was beyond a little slow.
Poll judges busy remembering what it was like to be busy
April 7, 2009
My, what a difference dozens of races, five months and two presidential candidates can make.