Although the calendar has yet to turn to the year 2010, the State of Indiana has prepared vital dates to remember for the election seasons.
The first day an independent or minor party candidate may file a petition of nomination for the General Election is Monday, Jan. 4, 2010, while the first day to file as a declaration of candidacy for a major political party primary nomination is Wednesday, Jan. 20.
To date, the only individual to verbally announce their candidacy for 2010 has been Attorney Charles Hear, who said he would run for the position of Clay County Prosecutor -- currently held by B. Lee Reberger -- during the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner Nov. 13.
The Jan. 20 date is also the first day those wanting to run for school board positions may file declarations of candidacy as well. In Clay County, the primary election, which will be Tuesday, May 4, is the time when members of the Clay Community School Board of Trustees are officially elected. In 2010, the three at-large positions will be on the ballot, which are currently held by Brian Atkinson, Terry Barr and Ted Jackson.
Potential candidates have nearly a month to file their declarations for the primary, as they must do so by noon, Friday, Feb. 19. However, those choosing to file at the deadline would only have the weekend to reconsider, as the deadline to withdraw a candidacy declaration is noon, Monday, Feb. 22.
Candidates remaining on the ballot for the primary also have a deadline of noon, Friday, April 16, to file a pre-primary campaign finance report.
Following the primary election, June 30 will be an important date in determining who may end up on the ballot for the Tuesday, Nov. 2 General Election.
This date, by noon, is the deadline for the Democratic and Republican parties to fill a vacancy on the general election ballot due to a vacancy following the primary election. The same date and time are also the deadline for an independent or minor party candidate to file a petition of nomination with the county voter registration office for the verification of petition signatures.
Those wanting to be on the General Election ballot as a write-in candidate must file their declaration of intent by noon, Tuesday, July 6.
Thursday, July 15, at noon, will also be an important day for candidates to remember as it is the deadline for candidates who were nominated in the primary election, selected to fill a ballot vacancy and write-in candidates to voluntarily withdraw, as well as the deadline for independent for minor party candidates to file a declaration of candidacy and petition of nomination following the verification of petition signatures.
Once this date passes, the names to be listed on the General Election ballot should be finalized.
There are also numerous important dates on the 2010 Election Calendar for voters to remember.
Voter registration for the 2010 primary is underway, and will end Monday, April 5. Registration will re-open on Tuesday, May 18, and run through Monday, Oct. 4.
In order to register to vote in Indiana, all of the following criteria must be met:
* You must be both a U.S. citizen, and an Indiana resident,
* You are 18 years of age on or prior to the next General or Municipal Election,
* You are not currently in prison after being convicted of a crime, and
* You must have lived in your precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election (with the exception of certain military voters).
Voter registration applications may also be utilized for name and address changes, along with transferring registration upon moving to a different voting precinct.
Midnight, on both Monday, April 26, and Monday, Oct. 25, are the deadlines for the Circuit Court Clerk to receive a mailed, hand-delivered or faxed application to request to vote by an absentee ballot through the mail for the primary and general elections, respectively.
For more information about candidacy qualifications or other voting avenues, such as the Traveling Board, contact the Clay County Election Office at 448-9023.
Polls will be open from 6 a.m.-6 p.m. for both the Primary and General Election throughout the state.
Election seats up for grabs in 2010
The next countywide election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, while the At-Large positions on the Clay Community School Board of Trustees will be Tuesday, May 4, 2010. The following is a list of positions slated to be up for grabs on the county level, along with the current seat holder(s):
* County Auditor -- Mary Jo Alumbaugh,
* County Treasurer -- Debbie James,
* Clay County Sheriff -- Mike Heaton,
* County Assessor -- Mark Barnhart,
* County Commissioner, Dist. 3 -- Paul Sinders,
* County Council, Dist. 1 -- Rita Rothrock,
* County Council, Dist. 2 -- Steve Withers,
* County Council, Dist. 3 -- Dolores Johnson,
* County Council, Dist. 4 -- Larry Moss,
* Clay County Prosecutor -- B. Lee Reberger, and
* Clay Community School Board of Trustees (three At-Large positions available) -- Brian Atkinson, Terry Barr and Ted Jackson.