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Early voting set for Monday

Monday, September 29, 2008

The political season is heating up and the time to vote is nearing.

Beginning Monday, Oct. 6, Clay County residents will be able to start voting for their favorite politicians in the 2008 General Election.

"I want to encourage residents to vote early in the Election Office, if they are able to," Clay County Clerk Mary Brown said. "During the 2004 Presidential Election, the lines at polling locations were very long and this should be able to help lessen the wait time on Election Day."

The final day to register to vote is also Oct. 6, and Brown said, with all the intrigue surrounding this election, she is starting to see an increase in the number of registered voters.

"With the number of potential voters going up, it makes the need for early voters all the more important," she said. "We can't afford to purchase a bunch of new polling machines for a single election."

Even if a resident is unable to get to the polls to vote early or on Election Day, they still have options to cast a ballot.

"We still have mail-in ballots and the Traveling Board available to those who are unable to vote in person," Brown said. "All residents have to do is call the Election Office to request an application."

The deadline to apply for voting by mail is midnight, Oct. 27, while the application deadline for the Traveling Board is noon, Nov. 3.

To vote, only a government-issued photo ID is needed.

"We can look up voter registration in our computer system," Brown said. "It is actually easier that way because there are times where people will bring in their registration card with a previous address listed on it."

Early voting will be available at the Election Office, located on the second floor of the Clay County Courthouse, every Monday-Friday from Oct. 6-31, from 8-11 a.m. and noon-4 p.m. There will be two Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, where polls will be open at the same location from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., as well as from 8 a.m.-noon, Nov. 3, the day prior to the general election.

"You don't need a reason to vote early," Brown said. "With the importance of a Presidential Election, it may be a better idea in order to avoid the frustration of waiting in long lines."

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

Note: Starting Oct. 6, early voting will be available at the Election Office, located on the second floor of the Clay County Courthouse, every Monday-Friday from Oct. 6-31, from 8-11 a.m. and noon-4 p.m.

There will also be two Saturdays, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, where polls will be open at the same location from 9 a.m.-4 p.m., as well as from 8 a.m.-noon, Nov. 3, the day prior to the general election.



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