Archive for Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Busy election day expected in De Soto, Johnson County on heels of record voter registration

October 29, 2008

A week before the Nov. 4 general election and a week after voter registration closed, the Johnson County Election Office still doesn’t know how many residents are registered to vote.

“We’re still working on that,” said Sarah Horn, election systems manager with the Johnson County Election Office in Olathe. “Anything postmarked as late as October 20th gets counted. We got a whole bunch from the (Kansas) secretary of state’s office Friday of those who registered through that office. We don’t have them all accounted for yet.”

It would be later this week before the election office had a firm number, Horn said. As of Monday, there were more than 360,000 registered voters, she said.

“That’s the most we’ve ever had,” Horn said.

Registration topped out at 342,095 before the August primary and was at 348,552 for the last presidential election in November 2004.

Election office officials are predicting 75 to 80 percent of registered voters will vote in the general election, Horn said. To accommodate them, the office will open at 6 a.m. Tuesday.

“It’s our presidential election special,” Horn said. “We’ll be open an hour early.”

De Soto polling places are:

• De Soto VFW Post 6654, 33725 W. 84th St., precincts 1 of oldtown De Soto west and north of Lexington Avenue.

• De Soto Baptist Church, 8655 Church St., precincts 2 of the area between Lexington Avenue and Kill Creek Road, and precinct 6 of Clearview City.

• De Soto Community Center, 32905 W. 84 St, precinct 3 of De Soto west of Kill Creek.

Horn said there was a line at the election office Monday of those taking advantage of in-person advance voting there. As of Monday, 32,061 Johnson County residents had voted in person at the election office or the county’s other three in-person advance voting sites, she said.

In addition, the election office has issued 56,000 advance ballots by mail and has received 27,000 back, Horn said.

For county in-person voting locations, see page 2A.

The election office will accept applications for advance mail-in ballots until 5 p.m. Friday. Applications are available at the election office, at city halls in the county or downloaded online at jocoelection.org/voters/AdvanceVoting.htm#2. To be counted, they must be delivered to the election office by 7 p.m. on election day. They can be dropped off at the election office.

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