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Friday, Apr. 29, 2016

Early voting begins

Monday, April 7, 2008

Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak assists Center Point resident Whitney?True in registering to vote. Monday was the final day to register for the May 6 Primary Election and the first day for early voting. [Click to enlarge]
This year's Primary Election may be a month away, but voting is underway.

Monday marked the beginning of early voting for Clay County, along with the start of absentee voting.

"Residents don't need a reason to vote early, but they do need to be registered," Clay County Clerk Mary Brown said about Monday also being the final day to register.

"Those choosing to vote early must have their drivers' license with them, and make sure they have received their acknowledgement card in the mail to be sure we have them in the computer system."

Residents may also apply to vote though an absentee ballot, which is for those unable or unwilling to attend the official polling station.

Also, the county has another means of voting for residents who are unable to vote on Election Day.

"The Traveling Board allows people who are housebound to cast a vote," Brown said.

"A bi-partisan team goes around about a week before the election collecting votes from those who will be confined by sickness or injury, taking care of someone who is bound to their home or a voter with disabilities who believes the polling location is not accessible to them."

The application to vote by mail is due by midnight, April 28, the application to vote by Traveling Board is due, both hand delivered or by mail/fax, by noon, May 5, the same time early voting closes.

Early voting runs through May 5, the day before the election.

Voting times are Mondays-Fridays, 8-11 a.m., and noon-4 p.m. in the Election Office, Room 211 at the Clay County Courthouse.

There will be two Saturdays, April 26 and May 3, where polls will be open at the same location from 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

For questions, contact the Clay County Election Office at 448-9023, or by fax at 446-9602.

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