The last day to register to vote for the May 12th Joint Election is Thursday, April 12th. This day is thirty days before the election and is the deadline for registering for any election.
To be a registered voter you must be; 18 years of age or older, a US Citizen, not be determined to be totally or partially incapacitated by a probate court, not been finally convicted of a felony or if convicted fully discharge the sentence, and be a resident of the territory covered by the election.
It is fairly easy to register and we have many places available. The most common place for most registrations is the local driver's license office. When you change your residence and therefore change your driver's license you will be offered an opportunity to update your voter registration. Some people miss this chance thinking they are already registered but because your registration is connected to your residence, you should also update your voter registration when you change your driver's license information.
The next way to register or make changes to your registration is to visit the Elections Office at 111 N. Glass. Given the approaching deadline this may be your current best option. You will be asked to complete a voter registration application. The form is used for new applicants, individuals asking for replacement cards or for people making changes to their registration information, like a change of address.
It only takes a few minutes to fill out the application and because voting is such an important issue for all residents you should take the time to update or register now.
The other methods of registering are; a marriage with a change of residence or name and the appellation is provided by the county clerk's office, a visit to a social service agency which periodically offers every client an opportunity to register and the public library which should have applications available for visitors.
We have just completed mailing out voter registration cards for the county. If you received your's in the mail, put it in a safe place and remember to bring it with you to the polls.
If you did not receive your voter registration card you should contact the Elections Office at 576-0124 to see if your card may have been returned. We have several thousand cards which were returned as undeliverable because the addressee no longer lived at the delivery residence.
The election after the May 12th Joint Election is the 2012 Primary Election for the Democratic and Republican Parties. This election will be held on Tuesday, May 29th. The deadline to register for this second election is Monday, April 30th.
See you at the elections.
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