Special election absentee voting open

Thursday, January 10, 2019

With the days remaining until the Jan. 22 special election for the City Council Ward 1 seat almost in the single digits, absentee voting has opened for first ward voters to cast their ballot. The election will end a unique period in Clay County history according to Clay County Auditor Marge Pitts.

“Clay County is not customarily a special election county,” Pitts said. “We have had specials due to school referendums and things like that but they’re not very often either, so having three right here within two months is a little (different).”

Pitts said voters wanting to be sent a ballot will have a short window — Friday — to do so.

“The 11th is the last day that people can request a ballot sent to them,” Pitts said. “However, anyone from Ward 1 can stop in our office and still vote up through Jan. 21. I believe we are open until 5 p.m. that day. Election day is 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. which is in (the Clay County Administration Building, 300 W. Fourth St.).”

The auditor also reminded that due to the new year, voters should bring a legal form of identification to the polls, such as a driver’s license, nonexpired U.S. passport or military ID or an ID card from an employer. Voters who are not preregistered or changed precincts will also need to show proof of residence, such as a utility bill, paycheck, bank statement or residential lease.

For more information about the special election, call 262-1569.

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