Thursday, July 28, 2011
Election arrives Tuesday
By BARRY BURLESON
For several months, candidates have knocked on doors, shaken hands, advertised, put up signs and given speeches.
Next Tuesday, Aug. 2, the voters will make their choices. Precincts in Marshall County will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for voting in the Democratic and Republican primary elections.
Voters must select either a Democratic or Republican party ticket August 2 and also in the August 23 run-off elections. Once a party ballot is selected for the August 2 primary, the voter must vote the same party in the August 23 run-off.
There are 19 contested races on the Democratic primary ballot in Marshall County and six on the Republican primary ballot.
All candidates who win their party races in August will have their names placed on the November general election ballot.
The Marshall County Circuit Clerk’s office will be open this Saturday from 8 a.m. to 12 noon to give absentee voters an extra opportunity to vote, according to circuit clerk Lucy Carpenter.
People may come in during regular office hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m.) during the week or on Saturday morning, July 30, to file an absentee ballot. Saturday at 12 noon is the deadline to vote absentee in the clerk’s office.
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 to them. All mailed out ballots must be returned by mail no later than 5 p.m. Monday, August 1, Carpenter 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.
Statewide referendums will not be on the ballot until the General Election in November.
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