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Are you going to vote?

Asked at Jayhawk Boulevard on November 7, 2006

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Photo of Keyonna Reed

“No, I’m not. I didn’t register in time and I’m really not that into politics.”

Photo of Loren Cressler

“Yeah, definitely. Mostly just because I can and I don’t like Phill Kline.”

Photo of Josie Lea

“No, because I would have to do an absentee ballot. That, and I’m just lazy. I haven’t paid a lot of attention to the TV and newspapers.”

Photo of James Ice

“No. I didn’t get registered early enough. I just didn’t pay attention to the deadline.”


ranger73 11 years, 6 months ago

oldenuf-try finding a tv station website also-for out west-ksnt in topeka has a lot of stuff from the topeka/manhattan area...

Marco Moona Temple 11 years, 6 months ago

Those 'street people' are total idiots! They're college students for crying out loud! They should know the importance of voting... "I didn't register in time..." All I can say is WOW..

Ceallach 11 years, 6 months ago

Just voted, felt great, now I have secured gripe rights for another 2 years :) -- omb, we will be waiting for news breaks on how your candidate is doing as the evening goes on:)

blue, unless I personally know of something good a judge has done, I too vote them out. I figure I'm cancelling out the vote of someone who automatically votes to retain a judge if they haven't heard of anything bad they have done.

SpeedRacer 11 years, 6 months ago

Azure-Attitude, if I had voted last week I would have voted for Sandy Praeger, then I would not have been able to change my vote after she embraced Kline over the weekend. I am now reticent to ever vote early should something occur at the last minute to alter my perceptions.

Karolyn Kinsey 11 years, 6 months ago

For the Northern Virginia displaced Lawrence person who says absentee ballots are not that user friendly. They are wrong! I too live in Northern Virginia, but always vote absentee in Kansas and they are not difficult to complete. My ballot was delivered in October to my permanent residence county.

For those college students who don't vote for several reasons, perhaps there needs to be a ratio of 1:1 for people handing out fliers for voting as to recruiters to get the students to join the military. If you aren't prepared to vote then I guess you'd like to be serving in places like Iraq.

jonas 11 years, 6 months ago

No, I prefer to whine about lack of proper representation. I'm trying to change the world through on-line reader's reaction blogs. I think that's where one finds the most receptive audience to new ideas.

jonas 11 years, 6 months ago

Craps. I felt obligated to vote against Kline this year. If he wins by one vote, I'm going to be quite upset.

conservative 11 years, 6 months ago


I think Marion is incorrect. Call down to the county clerks office and ask what your options are. Chances are you can at least cast a provisional ballot that will be reviewed if there is a recount in a close race. Not the best option ever, but better than nothing.

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 6 months ago

Nice that folks have died for these dopes to be so flip about the democratic process. Of course when partying and "hooking up" are what your life consists of, something as pedestrian as voting just can't compare. I'd bet these dopes can set their DV-Rs weeks in advance. They can remember to stay stocked with condoms and to take "the pill" everyday.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 6 months ago

Wait, what's a pedofile? Is that like a walking folder or something?

Me, I'm voting for Gerald Ford for president today. I mean, he has to be better than the alternative, Michael Dukakis, right?

We are voting for president today, aren't we?

justsomewench 11 years, 6 months ago

thanks, enoch! i'd been hunting around for that and couldn't find it on the DC website. you're a jewel!

Linda Aikins 11 years, 6 months ago

Yes you can do a provisional ballot at the new place. Someone did that this morning in front of me. And karma, give it a try. You can always check the voters registration website that enoch gave us. I found myself on there.

I moved since last time I voted, didn't change my registration, and when I looked on the website, found that I was indeed moved, went and voted in the new place and it worked just fine.

Go figure.

SpeedRacer 11 years, 6 months ago

Absolutely, positively voted!

What the heck were all those judges? I didn't know a thing about them.

Ceallach 11 years, 6 months ago

Absolutely. It is a small slice of power I have, so like my fellow humans, I abuse it at will :) Seriously now, I do work at keeping up with our judges, as much as possible. The Judge Martin fiasco really woke me up. They stay in too long they tend to become too self important -- I am just doing my little part to save them from themselves.

Now really, RI, as a Merikun I shouldn't have to defend my votes! Don't be a bad man or I may have vote no on your retention :):)

pelliott 11 years, 6 months ago

I want everyone to vote. I want same day registration, or at least 24 hour registration. I want felons and prisoners to be able to vote. The war on drugs has been a war to disenfranchise a large population, the system is hell bent to keep the vote to the normal white people. If they are American citizens, I want them to be allowed to vote and to get to vote. AND I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE THINKS ABOUT HOW SOMEONE OR OTHER MIGHT VOTE WRONG. I WANT ALL AMERICAN CITIZENS TO BE ABLE TO VOTE.

MeeMa8 11 years, 6 months ago

samsnewplace, jury duty names are not pulled just from voter registration anymore. if you have a drivers license your name is already in the pot. and if i'm not mistaken, if you pay property taxes in douglas county they also pull names from that. so go out and vote!

westernksgirl 11 years, 6 months ago

Hey, OldENuf~ Did you ever get a web link? try this one: Nothing's been reported yet, though.

Laura Watkins 11 years, 6 months ago

man, those responses are really embarassing.

westernksgirl 11 years, 6 months ago

Oh, and to answer the question, voted w/ the kids earlier today.

conservative 11 years, 6 months ago

Yep, walking out the door now to go and do just that.

beatrice 11 years, 6 months ago

rot: "They can remember to stay stocked with condoms and to take "the pill" everyday." How can you make such a statement based on the limited amount of info provided? To assume people are sexually active simply because they don't vote is way silly. It would be like my claiming that you must be the Pope since you seem to have a problem with birth control.

Pywacket: ignore the turd, already.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

Definitely. My wife and I will be heading to the polls after I get off work.

beatrice 11 years, 6 months ago

one more thing -- bastet: isn't it possible to like or dislike someone based on their stand on the issues?

cutny 11 years, 6 months ago

Oh please, it's no surprise that a bunch of out of town college students are not voting. They are not registered in this county and for anyone that's done the absentee ballot, you only realize how easy it is after you've done it once. With less than a %50 voter turnout, it's not these re-located students that are the problem.

ms_canada 11 years, 6 months ago

Here in Canada, we don't have to go to register. Someone comes to the house to register us. I did that for a number of years. The pay is pretty good. Some times it is necessary to make several trips to a house to get someone home and that is a pain. You must get everyone on the list. You're in trouble if you miss anyone. And this is always done before each election, it is not a permanant registry. Now, if by chance, you get missed or move, you can swear yourself in at the polling station with your proper papers. I have also worked the polling station and boy that is a tough job, sitting there for 13 hours on your duff. No kidding. It always amazes me the difference between the US system and ours. some good differences and some not so good.

Harry_Manback 11 years, 6 months ago

I'm 22, and most of my college friends who don't vote do so cause they don't think it will make a difference. I sort of feel like voting democrat in Kansas is purely symbolic, as do many of those "liberal Kansas college students," but I still do it anyway. And no, KU does not need more stuff to advertise politics or make students aware. The past few weeks I've been bombarded with e-mails, flyers, etc. Most people know about it, they just chose to ignore it.

Honestly, I usually wouldn't vote in a two year election like this either if I didn't feel strongly about the people who are running. A lot of people don't vote in two year elections, but do in 4 year ones. Plus it is a pain to vote if you don't remember to re-register in Lawrence. A lot of people don't know about absentee ballots or they think if you register to vote in Douglas county that you lose residency with your parents (that's what I thought for 3 years; still voted back home though.)

ms_canada 11 years, 6 months ago

Oh yes, to answer the question, yes, I am going to vote. The next time we have an election. Whenever one is called, that is one of the differences, elections are not automatically timed. One has to be called by the government.

BorderRat 11 years, 6 months ago

Stood in line for about 2 hours, made some new friends, visited with a few old friends. Late to work and the Boss couldn't do anything about it. Great way to start the day.

sourpuss 11 years, 6 months ago

If you don't vote, you're enslaving yourself. You are content to have other people tell you what to do and how you should live. If all the "liberal" KU students voted, then perhaps Kansas wouldn't be so conservative, eh? I never missed an election, ever. I voted all through college. I voted by absentee ballot if I was not in Lawrence. And if you "don't care" about politics, then what the hell are you doing living in a democracy? Move to Canada... that's a monarchy, albeit a federal constitutional one. ;) My father always contended that if everyone between 18-21 went out an voted, then alcohol would be legal for 18 year olds again.

hottruckinmama 11 years, 6 months ago

yes. and i am dragging my recently turned 18 and registered to vote son with me.

enochville 11 years, 6 months ago

For sample ballots for your precinct, to learn what districts you are in, and to learn who your current elected officials are, go here:

I have a little bit of recommended reading for the Americans among us as the elections draw nigh. It is very important to learn about candidates before you go vote. So, I have 4 impartial websites that offer information about candidates that you could vote for (even local ones).


Redneckgal 11 years, 6 months ago

Damn right I'm voting. And my daughter that is old enough will be going with me. And the ones that are too young are going to go watch.

Ceallach 11 years, 6 months ago

merrill, "college financial aid money continues to be cut" . . . and in Kansas, shared with illegal aliens.

Richard Heckler 11 years, 6 months ago

If any of those on the street people ever need college assistantance they will wish that they had paid attention to politics as college financial aid money continues to be cut.

libraffe 11 years, 6 months ago

Do you feel like the discussions here on LJWorld helped you make more informed voting decisions?

ranger73 11 years, 6 months ago

I bet if you had some type of playstation voting system they would be voting...

Have to wait until the kids are out of school, because they have been studying about this and want to do the kids vote-

(they are still young...and we don't have a playstation...)

geppetto 11 years, 6 months ago

it makes me sick to know that people waste their right to vote.

Linda Aikins 11 years, 6 months ago

It is too bad campuses didn't get more attention. Do we want these kids to vote if they have no idea what's been going on, or don't care enough to get out and register?

I voted for Richard Nixon because I thought he was cute (I had just turned 18 and it was the first time 18 yr olds could vote). I gotta wonder.

dotteboy 11 years, 6 months ago

It would appear that the "liberal" airheads are "not that into politics" and that is just fine with me!

Hey Marion, I would rather be a liberal airhead than a conservative, meth addict,homosexual prostitute buying, pedofile,viagra using, opium based pain killer abusing, raper by phone culture warrior.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 6 months ago

Speedracer: "I am now reticent..."

Hey, R_I, did you see that?

Cherisa Jones 11 years, 6 months ago

I agree with you Geppetto! It's our right and it's a privilege. Too many people around the world wish, pray, bleed and die for an opportunity to participate in a democratic society. And then there are the people who suffered beatings and some died fighting for all US citizens to have the right to vote. I am thankful for their sacrifices and count my blessings. Yes I vote, it's my right, my duty, a blessing and my privilege to vote.

samsnewplace 11 years, 6 months ago

NO, they've called me for jury duty four times in the past six years and i'm sick of it! I have no desire to be on/part of a jury again, i've done it once and I quit! They are all guilty or the cops wouldn't arrest them in the first place, duh! So if that is my only way to avoid being called up for jury duty, then so be it! The republicans will win in KS anyway.

Kuku_Kansas 11 years, 6 months ago

Oldgranny: You remind me of my Cook County/Chicago voting days!!!

Not to defend the students whatsoever, as I always voted absentee while attending KU.

The old adage is that all politics is local. If students, living in Lawrence/Douglas County, do not feel any need to vote or become involved politically at that local level...there is less reason to actually reregister to vote.

This past fall, I relocated and did not register to vote in my new area. I would have loved to have taken part in the Missouri senate race and Amendment 2 vote. But I didn't feel as compelled to register in MO, it just wasn't a priority. Sad to say. Instead, because of my own error, I will be communting back to Johnson County KS and make a statement in the KS Attorney General race.

I do wonder if this was a presidential election year, if more students would have registered "earlier and on-time"?

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 6 months ago

I missed a lot of voting opportunities when I was young and stupid, too. I wonder how many college-age people would "forget to register" if we had a military draft?

Linda Endicott 11 years, 6 months ago

samsnewplace, I'm sure if you spout that to the lawyers every time during the jury selection process ("they're all guilty or the cops wouldn't arrest them in the first place"), they will stop calling you for jury duty.

Matter of fact, if you never want to do your civic duty and serve on a jury, tell them this every time: "I think he's guilty as sin!" They will never pick you for a jury.

As to getting called so often, you aren't off the hook even if you don't vote. Number one, your voter registration will stay on the books for quite some time anyway. Number two, as long as you have a valid KS driver's license, they will still be calling you. Do you plan to stop driving, too?

I do think that the measly pay they give you for jury duty is a disgrace. People are still expected to serve on a jury for $10 a day. If a trial lasted for a week or more, how are people supposed to live off of that?? Your employer sure won't make up the difference.

I will be going out to vote in about a half hour. Goodbye, Kline!

beatrice 11 years, 6 months ago

ms.c: "Someone comes to the house to register us. ... You must get everyone on the list. (You must have) proper papers..." ?!? This sounds more like Communist Russia than liberal Canada. I'm now scared for our neighbors to the north.

tell_it_like_it_is 11 years, 6 months ago

Whats up with these kids? Is that what college teaches them? My un-college educated nieces and nephews all plan to vote today. If my kids where old enough bet they'd be going too. I will be there as soon as the polls open.

conservative 11 years, 6 months ago


Call the county clerks office and see if you're still registered. Again you might have to cast a provisional ballot that will only be looked at if it is a close race, but still better than not voting.

sgtwolverine 11 years, 6 months ago

Py, he is still going. I'm not sure how long he'll last. But since he is a Michigan native, he's still a newsworthy figure here.

It's kind of funny to think of him as a klutz; what I remember about him is that he played football at the University of Michigan.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 6 months ago

It looks like Giles got voted off the team today...

Kuku_Kansas 11 years, 6 months ago

One other thought. It's easy to point a finger and say "kids, fix yourselves."

Perhaps the honestly true comments of college students and young adults can help assist politicians, campaigners and election officials in how to generate excitement and registered voters:

  • I didn't register in time
  • I'm really not that into politics
  • I would have to do an absentee ballot
  • I'm just lazy
  • I haven't paid a lot of attention to the TV and
  • I didn't get registered early enough
  • I just didn't pay attention to the deadline

According to this sample, only 1 out of 4 college students at KU (unscientific obviously) would vote, while the other 75% probably have like-minded excuses to not vote.

Regardless of the true answer--lazy, didn't pay attention or no interest--the system can make amends and needs to figure out how to change itself.

I don't excuse the students at all, I'm disappointed in their voter apathy. Actually, rather disgusted. But, if one doesn't feel a reason to vote and isn't moved, they won't.

Grundoon Luna 11 years, 6 months ago

I voted last week. You gotta love the advance voting ballot!!

Confrontation 11 years, 6 months ago

I already have my "I voted in Douglas County" sticker. I'm hoping to encourage some of the idiots who b*tch about the government and still say "I didn't register in time and I'm really not that into politics." If you don't vote, then I don't want to hear your mouth.

Nikki May 11 years, 6 months ago

I'm shocked that so many (percentage wise) of the college kids said no. When I was at KU I was doing the absentee thing for the first year. Then switched up here after that. I notice that one girl was a freshman, maybe she turned 18 and went to college and missed it because of that. But the junior, he should have been registered 2 or 3 years ago.

Of course, I have adult friends that don't vote. I don't get it at all. I will be using my lunch break to drive from the area near the hospital all the way to haskell to vote and run back. Sure that "wastes" my break, but with my schedule today, that's the only time I have. Guess what, that's what I'll do.

Vote people. I don't care who you vote for, but vote.

Oh, and maybe it's different now, but when I was at KU, there were people on campus handing out fliers and such for canidates.

OldEnuf2BYurDad 11 years, 6 months ago

Does anyone know a site that will show all the Kansas results, in an up-to-date fashion? I've got a friend running for office in another part of the state.

bastet 11 years, 6 months ago

"Yeah, definitely. Mostly just because I can and I don't like Phill Kline."

Okay, here's the thing: I believe in encouraging people to vote; however, voting is only the last step in the process of becoming informed. Voting "just because I can" without knowing anything about what you are voting for is irresponsible citizenship. And voting against someone because "I don't like him" is just illogical and as dangerous as voting for someone because "I like him."

bastet 11 years, 6 months ago


Could be that he does, but I'm surprised at you: You just spent all that energy talking about how educated "liberal" thinkers are. So an honestly educated liberal thinker would know better than to vote for anyone just because he or she liked him and vice versa.

There are lots of reasons to oust Kline; it's just a good idea to concentrate on the logically sound and rational ones rather than the emotional albeit hard to ignore ones.

beatrice 11 years, 6 months ago

Yes. Here in Phoenix we have 19 propositions to vote on, in addition to all the regular public offices and Republicans to vote against. (Okay, just kidding on the Rep thing -- there are some here doing a fine job who I plan to support.) Among the propositions are even competing non-smoking bans, one backed by the health industries and the other backed by tobacco companies. Hum, I wonder which one I'll choose? I also hope a mean-spirited proposition to ban gay marriage (already against the law here) and strip benefits, including health insurance, from "domestic partners" of all state employees is defeated. To want to take health insurance away from anyone is just repugnant. Not surprising, it was initiated by evangelicals. (I'll let y'all provide the punchline here).


trinity 11 years, 6 months ago

keyonna, josie, james...y'all worry me! get off your duffs&participate in YOUR world! sigh kids...

i done did vote. i'm an early&often kinda gal, hahahaaaaa!

samsnewplace 11 years, 6 months ago

Thank you to all who set me straight and I will vote!

libraffe 11 years, 6 months ago

The deed is done. Bye bye Kline and Ryun.

It's weird to me how old school the voting technology still is. It will be better when we can use genetic mapping etc and don't have to worry about registering in advance. Our DNA records will prove our identity and we can just vote wherever we are. I'm hoping that technology is in place by 2008. It will make for a fairer process.

kat 11 years, 6 months ago

thornhill: Thanks for resorting to stereotypes. It's really great when people do that.

I can't believe these people actually admitted they weren't voting. I would be too embarassed to tell the truth, if that was the case!

I, for one, sacrificed my snooze button and voted right when the polls opened, the only free time I have all day.

jonas 11 years, 6 months ago

I don't believe it. I CAN'T vote. I moved in to my new place just a month or two after the last election, and I forgot that I never re-registered for my new address.

Anyone have any ideas?

Eric Beightel 11 years, 6 months ago

I just moved to Northern Virginia and for a variety of reasons didn't yet register to vote here - I wanted to vote back home to boot Ryun and Kline. Unfortunately, the absentee process for displaced Lawrencians isn't as user friendly as one might like. Now, I wish I had registered here because George Allen needs a swift kick in the arse. His seat is one of the 7 or 8 in the Senate that could turn to the Democrats. Of course, Boyda needs to win to help take back the house. Either way, I could have helped in one state or the other and instead, because I was preoccupied with other things, I help no one and I hang my head in shame.

Here's hoping Kline & Ryun are swiftly removed from their respective offices and that KS is no longer the beacon of Christian Conservatives.

acg 11 years, 6 months ago

Yes, I can't wait to vote, right after work!

betti81 11 years, 6 months ago

jonas-after moving each year in college, i gave up on re-registering and just voted at the old place each year. you could try that as long as it is in the same district/precinct.

i voted on a handy-dandy touch screen. it rocked and i gleefully gave a big hoo-rah to Mr. Morrison and a big fat f-you to philly. man i hope enough people do the same!

average 11 years, 6 months ago

Haven't missed an election I could vote in yet, including some real snoozers (though being registered third-party, I don't have primaries to consider).

beatrice 11 years, 6 months ago

RI: "Increase the sample size to 1000 people questioned, and I will wager 35% of those will actually vote." Since when does "I will wager" followed by tossing in a 10% increase come into proper statistic computations? I must say, that is some sloppy handling of numbers on your part. Just for that, I'm only going to trash 58% of my neighbors.

ohjayhawk 11 years, 6 months ago

samsnewplace - If you have a valid KS drivers license, you can still be called for jury duty. It is not dependent only on voter registration. From the Douglas County, Kansas website:

Q. How was I selected? A. People who are registered to vote or have a Kansas driver's license, are at least 18-years-old, and live in Douglas County are added to our computer system. The computer system is designed to randomly select prospective jurors.

roger_o_thornhill 11 years, 6 months ago

I say we should put a referendum on the next election's ballots stating that the folks like the dummies interviewed for this piece should be smacked about their head and sholders for not voting. Since they admit that they don't pay attention, they won't realize it until it is too late. That'll learn 'em. Fix their wagon.

jonas 11 years, 6 months ago

Well, I was able to cast a provisional ballot at the right place, and it does indeed count the same as everyone else's, just a little later, apparently. Thanks, everybody, for the tips. I was going to be very depressed.

Ceallach 11 years, 6 months ago

pelliott, felons and prisoners? First you want to let felons vote, then you yell at everyone . . . why shouldn't felons lose the right to vote, they choose not to live by our society's rules, why would we ever let them decide issues for the society they disrespect and disregard?

sunflower_sue 11 years, 6 months ago

If it were a "Sure Thing," it would be a Cusak movie. RI, refill your meds must be out of the "doggie downers." You're making my head hurt with all the computations. yeash

Yes, I voted. I spent all day in a 1904 one-room school (no shocker that I didn't win the spelling bee) and then grabbed my kiddies and my sis and we all went to the voting station to cast our electronic ballot. Culture shock...from 1904, that is. My daughters did like seeing the computer screens instead of the "fill in the blanks." This is the first time I've dragged them with me that they didn't complain. I think they no longer see voting as something that just "old people" do.

Ceal, you share the same view as my mom. She ALWAYS votes out the judges. She figures they get too big for their britches if they stay there too long.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 6 months ago

"I'm pretty much going straight to hell" -RI

Nope! He is incapable! He will take every detour on the way, kill about 5000 years in limbo, and by then, the devil won't even have him! :)

ms_canada 11 years, 6 months ago

Bea - the thing is, we have just as many lazy, don't care, people up here as you have down there. I am one of the lazy ones, so it suits me just dandy to have someone come to the door to register me. They are brave folk that do that nasty job. I was once bitten on the ankle while attempting to register one customer. :o) funny but true. You can be sure that I put in a claim for one pair of torn pantyhose. o) funny but true.

Ceallach 11 years, 6 months ago

i_p, my condolences, Fox News just "called" your race and declared KF as out :-{

I have to avoid talking to my Mother for a few days, looks like her choice for Governor didn't make it either. She is a true blue blood (in the political sense) and she will be fighting mad for a while. It's usually best to let her mourn in solitude :)

lubyloo 11 years, 6 months ago

Phill Kline voted out of office and Britney Spears files for divorce in the same day? Is the end of the world near?

gccs14r 11 years, 6 months ago


Ever watch Saturday Night Live in the days of Jane Curtain and Gilda Radner? They did a skit once about Puppy Uppers and Doggy Downers as a means of pet control.

sunflower_sue 11 years, 6 months ago

gccs14r, you remember correctly. I loved SNL in those days!

RI, those were the days before ritalin, et al... Just meant that if you had that much energy (writing these long equations and such) that maybe you needed a doggie downer.

Ms_C, what kind of a crazed anti-voter bit your ankle? How on earth did they even get near your ankle? Never mind...don't answer that! You said that you had to get everybody registered and I guess you did what you had to do. ;o)

krazychiklet 11 years, 6 months ago

Yes, This was the first time I could vote, since I turned 18 a year ago. I think it is sad that more students my age don't vote, or are to lazy to go out and register or vote. Its our country, we are going to have to take responsibility for what is going to happen.

Also, the way I see it, if you don't vote, don't complain about the gov't, or the country, or the people in office. If you didn't care enough to vote, then I'm don't want to have to listen to you.

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