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County Clerk Office Finding Duplicate Applications for Ballot by Mail

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As the November General Election deadlines approach, applications by mail for ballots by mail are being received by residents and many are forgetting that they have already applied in March, according to Debbie Shirley, Hopkins County Clerk.

Shirley said those 65-years of age and older are eligible to receive ballots by mail. She noted that there are three different types of applications being received by local residents. Each states that it is an annual application. However, Shirley noted that an annual application ends on the last day of the calendar year. Those who registered in March are still registered. Those who register for the first time now will have to register again in January, 2019.

The big problem for the county clerk’s office is the duplicate applications that are being received. She said her office has received a large stack of duplicate applications. She did point out that at least one of the cards being received is misleading. The postcard has both the age qualification and the annual application box checked.

She encourages people to call her office if they question whether or not they have filed an annual application.

Ballots for the November General Election will be posted on the County website and on within the next week. Ballots will differ according to precinct. City and School Board elections that are conducted in November will also be on the same ballot for those living within those voting areas. You will receive the proper code for your ballot when you sign in to vote.

Last day to register to vote in the November election is, due to Columbus Day, Tuesday, October 9th. Early voting begins Monday, October 22nd. The last day for early voting is Friday, November 2nd. General Election Day is Tuesday, November 6th.

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Author: Staff Reporter

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