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Leavenworth County to offer early satellite voting

October 13, 2010

If Leavenworth County voters don’t want to head to the polls on election day this year, the polls will be coming to them in the southern portion of the county.

Satellite voting will be available from 2 to 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25 at the Tonganoxie Public Library and Tuesday, Oct. 26 at the Basehor Community Library. Voters will be able to cast their ballots on the same electronic machines used on election day.

County Clerk Janet Klasinski said paper ballots also would be available for people more comfortable with them.

All county residents are welcome to take advantage of the satellite voting.

“I really encourage people to take the opportunity if they don’t want to go to the polling places on Nov. 2,” Klasinski said.

Leavenworth County offered satellite voting for the first time in 2008 during the November general election. It was successful that year, Klasinski said, and she hoped there again would be strong turnout for the advanced offerings, though she knew it likely wouldn’t be as strong because it was not a presidential election year.

Voter turnout in 2000 was nearly 65.6 percent and 71.48 percent in 2008.

This year, a governor will be elected. As a comparison to other recent gubernatorial election years, voter turnout was about 46 percent in 2006 and nearly 47 percent in 2002. Klasinski said she anticipated voter turnout this election to be from 40-45 percent.

“I’d sure like to see a 40 percent turnout,” Klasinski said. “I know that doesn’t sound like much, but I doubt whether I have much more than 40 percent. I hope I do.”

In addition to local and state races, Leavenworth County ballots will have questions on which to vote.

Voters will determine whether district court judges should be elected or whether judges should continue to be selected by appointment.

Klasinski said the measure was on the ballot in 2000 when voters narrowly kept the process at it was — by appointment.

The measure was defeated by 110 votes. Although more Leavenworth County residents wanted to have judges elected, Atchison County voted in favor of appointment. Both counties’ residents again will vote on the measure in this election.

Another ballot question involves liquor by the drink and whether establishments can sell such quantities without requirement that a certain percentage of sales stem from food purchases.

In addition to satellite voting, advance balloting begins at 8 a.m. today in the Leavenworth County Courthouse at the county election office. It’s available 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. each weekday until Nov. 1, the final day for advance voting. On that day, it will be open 8 a.m. to noon. Advance ballot applications also can be downloaded at the county’s website, leavenworthcounty.org.

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