Bond election to be held Jan. 16, 2001; Wakonda business manager outlines voting procedures

Bond election to be held Jan. 16, 2001; Wakonda business manager outlines voting procedures by Carol Mayer The Wakonda School bond election will be held on Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2001.

We hope that there is a high turnout of voters in the district who come to vote in this election. Therefore, I would like to address a few questions some of you might have regarding voting and absentee voting.

If you are not yet registered to vote, the deadline to register for this election is Jan. 2. You can complete a voter registration card on or before 5 p.m. on Jan. 2 at the following offices: Clay County Auditor, AFDC, WIC, military recruitment, food stamps, driver�s license, and assistance to the disabled in the Department of Human Services office.

You can also pick up a voter registration card from the school business manager�s office and make sure the county auditor receives the card no later than Jan. 2. It is important for you to change your voter registration if you moved and previously were registered in another precinct. This helps to keep every county�s voter-registration list accurate.

Some circumstances prevent one from voting in person on the day of the election. Absentee voting is permitted for the following reasons, if you are: absent from the county on election day; totally and permanently disabled; ill or temporarily physically disabled; prohibited from voting on that day by religious beliefs; a resident student at college; a member of the armed forces; or the nature and hours of your employment prevent you from being present to vote.

If you find that because of one of the reasons listed above, you will need to vote by absentee ballot, you must first fill out an application for absentee ballot. This form is available from the county auditor or the school business manager.

Your name will be verified on the voter registration list. You designate on the application form if you want the absentee ballot mailed to you, or you may vote your absentee ballot in person at the school business office. In special circumstances, you may request an authorized messenger to pick it up if you are confined and ill.

If you mail the voted absentee ballot back to the school business manager, it must be received no later than (7 p.m.) when polls close on the day of the election. Any absentee ballots received after the polls close will not be counted and will remain unopened.

The business manager receives all the applications, issues the absentee ballots, and collects the voted absentee ballots. All voted absentee ballots, together with the application forms are handed to the election officials to verify, to check off on the voter list, and to add to the ballot box on election day.

The key to remember is to PLAN AHEAD � especially persons going south for the winter, college students, and those in the military. The mail might be delayed because of the weather and the holidays.

I will be glad to answer your questions and assist you. Please stop in or call me at school (267-2644) or you may call the Clay County Auditor�s office.

Over Christmas vacation, the school office will be open Dec. 27-29 or you can call me at home (267-2036) to make an appointment.

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