In fact, it was the biggest mail-ballot election in Johnson County's history. The election involved a tax-issue in Overland Park and the turnout was pretty low, actually, at about 30 percent.
This was a renewal of a tax passed in 2008 and the turnout then was 35 percent. Mail-ballot turnouts, in the 50s ten years ago, rarely reach that point anymore. Most mail-ballot turnouts in Johnson County begin with a "4."
Sadly, some spring primary polls elections have had turnouts that began with a "4" and were specifically followed by the period above, as in 4 percent. Our snow-primary last February had a 4.5 percent turnout, but a comparable primary in February 2011, with good weather, was at 5.4 percent.
|Olathe ballots, queued, ready to travel from Washington|
to Kansas City next week.
Here, we're pushing on out the green envelopes, preparing for the canvass next Monday and then, one week later, on come the yellow envelopes of the Olathe mail-ballot election.
The election is for a similar tax issue and also very large--about 80,000 voters.
On the heels of that (or somewhere actually in the middle of the shoe) comes the Roeland Park mail-ballot election in December. That's smaller, but overseas and military ballots will be going out in that election just as Olathe's ballots are hitting the traditional mail.
Things have improved, by the way, with the Olathe Post Office. We've actually been getting separate ballot deliveries in the mornings now.
And, if there is any question that people other than election geeks read this blog, the leasing agent for Westbrooke Village, the subject of the last post, finally called us back.
The Dallas connection is gone. That leasing group went bankrupt. And what a shock it was to hear that!
Anyway, there is movement afoot to prepare the property for a sale so there is little interest in leasing to anyone for anything. There may be a chance, though, and we'll be bird-dogging it.
For now, if it's Wednesday, we must be working on Olathe.