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Caucuses not held, races unopposed

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

The ballots are all but set, and some candidates have a clear path to victory.

Following the May 6 Primary Election, there were candidates left running unopposed.

Usually political parties hold a caucus to fill any open spots in any race.

However, the spots remain open.

"Each party had until June 30 to hold a caucus to fill spots that were open for candidacy," Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak told The Brazil Times. "Since no caucus was held for either party, the spots were not filled and those races will remain unopposed."

Mallinak also said the deadline to file as a write-in candidate is the same for those wanting to file for candidacy in the primary election, effectively giving the candidates who are left unopposed the victory.

Positions and candidates left unopposed following the primary election were:

* County Surveyor -- John Keller (Republican), and

* County Commissioner, District 2 -- Charlie Brown (Democrat).

Each of the other races -- Clerk of the Circuit Court, County Recorder, County Coroner, Commissioner, District 1, and County Council at-Large -- have both a Republican and Democratic candidate set for the general election. Three positions are up for grabs in the County Council at-Large race.

While the General Election is a little less than three months away, the Election Office is encouraging residents to register to vote.

"One of the advantages of being registered to vote is that they can vote early," Mallinak said. "In the last Presidential General Election in 2004, some of the lines at the polling places had a two-hour wait to cast a ballot."

She added registered voters also do not need a particular reason for voting early. However, those choosing to vote by mail or traveling board must have a reason they will not be able to make it to a polling location and fill out an application to vote in those manners.

"We will start mailing ballots to those wanting to vote by mail on Oct. 2, and early voting will begin on Oct. 6," Mallinak said. "While we welcome the early voters, we always remind them that their vote will not be counted until the day of the election."

Also, candidates on the ballot for the General Election, which will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 4, must turn in a campaign finance report to the Election Office by Oct. 17.

For questions and more information about registering to vote or about the 2008 General Election, contact the Clay County Election Office at 448-9023.

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