Thursday, July 14, 2011
Absentee voting begins – Saturdays, too
By SUE WATSON
The Marshall County Circuit Clerk’s office will be open three Saturdays in a row from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to give absentee voters an extra opportunity to vote, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
People may come in during regular office hours during the week or on Saturdays – July 16, 23, and 30 – to file an absentee ballot, she said. People who are unable to come to the office to vote absentee may call the clerk’s office and request an absentee ballot be mailed out to them. All mailed out ballots must be returned by mail no later than 5 p.m. Monday, August 1, she said.
Family members may request an absentee ballot be mailed to a loved one who is not physically able to come in to vote absentee, to students who will be out of the county on election day and to members of the military. Able-bodied individuals who will not be in the county on Tuesday, August 2, may come to the circuit clerk’s office and vote absentee in person.
Anyone using the mail-in absentee ballot must remember to follow exact instructions, she said, including signing across the outside flap of the mail-in envelope. Instructions for doing so are clearly marked and stated, she said. If the signature is not signed across the flap as shown, the ballot will not be counted.
The August primary elections are designed to let the major parties, the Democratic and Republican parties, select their candidates whose names will appear on the November general election ballot.
Anyone who arrives at the precincts to vote must select to vote either a Democratic or Republican party ticket August 2 and also in the August 23 run-off elections, if there are run-offs. Once a party ballot is selected for the August 2 primary, the voter must vote the same party in the August 23 primary.
All candidates who won their party races will have their names placed on the November general election ballot.
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