Archive for Thursday, March 31, 2005

Election Day draws near

March 31, 2005

There's a simple reason why the voter turnout is bound to be higher in next week's general election than it was during the March primary: it simply can't get much worse.

In March, just 165 voters, or 8.4 percent of Basehor's 1,962 registered voters showed up at the polls in March. Although some civics professors would disagree, low voter turnout is expected, acceptable even, for primary elections, which simply trim the list of candidates.

The stakes Tuesday night will be much higher. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Basehor residents will choose a mayor and two council members. Elected officials will be sworn into office April 11 and, as the city enters into an unprecedented period of residential and commercial growth, will be responsible for making decisions throughout the next four years that could drastically re-shape the city's future.

Basehor-Linwood School District voters will choose three new representatives to the Basehor-Linwood School Board. Those elected will take office in July and the primary issue facing board members will be how to accommodate for future growth.

Also on Tuesday's ballot will be a question regarding renewal of the countywide one-cent sales tax and a constitutional amendment to the Kansas state constitution defining marriage as a civil contract between two persons of the opposition sex and declaring all other marriages to be contrary to public policy and void.

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