Noon, Thursday, was the deadline for those wishing to run for office as an independent to file a petition of nomination for the verification of signatures.
Clay County Election Clerk Beth Mallinak told The Brazil Times two individuals had submitted their petitions and were already approved.
"For the verification process, we log into the statewide system of voters and check several items," Mallinak said. "We compare the signatures on the voter registration system to the one on the petition, along with the birthdate of the signer, and we double-check to make sure the address and precinct match up to the one provided on the petition. If one of those items don't match, like if someone moved and had not updated their voter registration, that particular signature would not count."
On the November ballot as independents are Steve Lamb, who is running for Brazil Mayor, and Mark Bedwell, who is running to be the Ward 3 representative on the Common Council of the City of Brazil.
The Republican and Democratic parties in Clay County were ahead of the curve as both conducted caucuses to fill ballot vacancies and filed certificates of selection well before the July 5 deadline.
The Republicans caucused Mary E. Fisher as its candidate for Clerk-Treasurer, and she will face off against Democratic incumbent Karen McQueen, while the Democrats chose current Mayor Ann Bradshaw as its candidate for the Ward 3 council seat. She will face off against Bedwell in an attempt to regain her seat on the council, which she held from 1992 until taking over as Mayor June 30, 2007.
Mallinak added some individuals have filed a declaration of candidacy to run in town elections -- which include Carbon, Center Point, Clay City, Harmony, Knightsville and Staunton -- but the deadline to file for those races is noon, Monday Aug. 1.
As a result of the caucuses and independent candidate filing deadline, Sam Glover stands alone in the only uncontested race and will retain his seat as Ward 2 representative on the council.
In addition to Lamb, Republican Thomas J. (T.J.) Sneddon and Democrat Brian Wyndham will also be on the ballot in November for Mayor.
The At-Large position on the council will be between incumbent Pat Heffner (R) and Tyler Hutcheson (D), while incumbent Brad Deal (D) is up against Gary Rickert (R) in Ward 1 and Bill Lovett (D) will attempt to retain his Ward 4 seat against Dustin Jorgensen (R).
Voter registration, which is currently open, will end at the close of business Tuesday, Oct. 11, for the Nov. 8 Municipal General Election.
Along with 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 the website, potential voters may also locate their polling place, along with who will be on the ballot in their respective precinct, as the information becomes available to the Indiana Secretary of State's Election Division. In addition, a mobile version of the site was made available in October 2010.
For more information regarding the 2011 Municipal General Election or requirements for becoming a candidate for one of the towns, contact the Clay County Election Office at 448-9023.