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Sunday, June 26, 2011

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It's down to crunch time for the filling of ballot vacancies in the 2011 Municipal General Election.

Both the Republican and Democratic parties have until noon, Thursday, to conduct a caucus to select representatives to fill the open spots.

At the current time, there are no official candidates running for the Ward 3 seat on the Common Council of the City of Brazil, while there is an open spot for a Republican in the Clerk-Treasurer's race and a void on the Democratic side was left in the race for Ward 2 on the council following the May 3 Primary.

In addition, the two parties have until noon, Tuesday, July 5, to file a certificate of selection with the Clay County Election Office, stating a vacancy has been filled.

However, those choosing to run as an independent candidate have until the June 30 deadline to file a petition of nomination with the voter registration office for the verification of petition signatures. In order to appear on the Municipal Election ballot, an independent or minor party candidate must receive signatures from at least 2 percent of the total number of votes in the previous election for Secretary of State in their respective precinct(s).

Clay County Deputy Clerk Beth Mallinak recently told The Brazil Times an individual seeking a spot on the ballot as an independent Mayoral candidate must receive 36 verified signatures.

Those interested in being a write-in candidate on the 2011 General Election ballot must file a declaration of intent to do so by noon, Tuesday, July 5, while noon Friday, July 15, is the deadline for any candidate to voluntarily withdraw from the municipal election ballot.

In addition, those wanting to become clerk-treasurer or council/board candidates in a town with a population of less than 3,500 (which includes Carbon, Center Point, Clay City, Harmony, Knightsville and Staunton), have until noon, Monday Aug. 1, to file their declarations.

The 2011 Municipal General Election will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8.

The entire 2011 Municipal Election Calendar is available for viewing at http://www.in.gov/sos/elections/files/20....

For more information regarding the 2011 Municipal Elections or requirements for becoming a candidate, contact the Clay County Election Office at 448-9023.



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