Less than two weeks remain for residents to register to vote in the 2010 General Election, which will take place Tuesday, Nov. 2.
Many options are available to obtain a voter registration card by the Monday, Oct. 4 deadline. This is also the last day residents may update their address and other information that may have changed.
Other than registering at the Clay County Election Office or a branch of the Bureau of Motor Vehicles, residents may fill out an application online at www.indianavoters.com. Through this web site, potential voters may also locate their polling place, along with who will be on the ballot in their respective precinct.
This year, there are only four positions up for grabs on the local and county levels.
Incumbent Lee Reberger and challenger Charles Hear face off in the race for Clay County Prosecutor, while Dolores Johnson looks to retain her position as the District 3 representative on the Clay County Council against Toni Carter.
On the township level, Vickie M. Lawhorn (who defeated incumbent Marcia Tozer in the Primary), Thomas J. (T.J.) Sneddon or Linda M. (Tozer) Smiley will become the new Brazil Township Trustee. In addition, incumbents N. Rosella Parks Donald L. Ream and Tommy Joe Zurcher will attempt to keep the Sugar Ridge Township Board intact with challenger John H. Nicoson vying for one of the three open positions.
Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak told The Brazil Times the schedule for Early Voting has been set.
Residents may cast a ballot for the General Election at the Election Office -- located on the second floor of the Clay County Courthouse -- during the following times starting Oct. 4:
* Monday-Friday through Nov. 1 -- 8-11 a.m., and noon- 4 p.m.,
* Saturday, Oct. 23 -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m., and
* Saturday, Oct. 30 -- 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information about early and absentee voting, contact the Election Office at 448-9023, or by fax at 446-9602.
State and National races
The following is a list of candidates who will be on the 2010 General Election ballot running for state and national offices to represent Clay County (political affiliation in parenthesis):
* United States Senator -- Brad Ellsworth (Democratic), Rebecca Sink-Burris (Libertarian), Dan Coats (Republican), Jack Rooney (Independent -- write-in) and Jim Miller (write-in),
* Secretary of State -- Vop Osili (D), Mike Wherry (L) and Charlie White (R),
* Auditor of State -- Sam Locke (D), Eric Knipe (L) and Tim Berry (R),
* Treasurer of State -- Pete Buttigieg (D) and Richard E. Mourdock (R),
* U.S. Representative, District 8 -- W. Trent VanHaaften (D), John Cunningham (L) and Larry D. Bucshon (R),
* State Senator, District 39 -- Steven M. Thais (D) and John Waterman (R),
* State Representative, District 43 -- Clyde Kersey (D) and Alan Morrison (R),
* State Representative, District 44 -- Nancy A. Michael (D), Dennis Beatty (L) and James (Jim) Baird (R), and
* State Representative, District 46 -- Bionca D. Gambill (D) and Bob Heaton (R).