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Primary candidate sign-ups near, new voters register by April 3

The Primary Election is just less than four months away, and the first day persons for a major political party can declare their candidacy is arriving soon.
Harrison County Circuit Clerk Sherry Brown said candidates for several offices, including county offices and school trustees, can begin filing on Wednesday, Jan. 18, by completing the necessary papers that are available in her office on the second floor of the courthouse.
Candidates will have almost a month to file, as the deadline is noon on Friday, Feb. 17.
Brown said the last day a person may register to vote, or transfer a registration, in the May Primary is April 3.
She added that the list of potential jurors no longer comes from voter registration rolls. Those names are selected from the Indiana Dept. of Revenue and Bureau of Motor Vehicles records.
‘It has nothing to do with someone registering to vote,’ Brown said.
On May 2, voters will have the opportunity to select their party’s representative for U.S. Representative Ninth District, U.S. Senate, Indiana Secretary of State, Auditor of State, Treasurer of State, State Senate District 47, State Representative District 70 and 73, county auditor, prosecutor, sheriff, assessor, treasurer, commissioner for District 3, council members for District 1, 2, 3 and 4, the Harrison Township assessor, and the township trustees for Blue River, Boone, Franklin, Harrison, Heth, Jackson, Morgan, Posey, Spencer, Taylor, Washington and Webster. Township Advisory boards will also be selected.
In addition to the county offices, voters in the Lanesville and North Harrison Community School corporations will elect school trustees. Those races are nonpartisan. (South Harrison holds its election in the fall.)
Brown said persons considering running for school boards might want to attend an Indiana School Boards Association Board Candidate Forum that teaches what it takes to be an informed, effective public school board member.
Of the 10 sessions the ISBA offers, four are within a two-hour drive of Harrison County: Jan. 25 at Greencastle High School; Feb. 13 at Beech Grove High School; Feb. 2 at Jasper High School; and Feb. 8 at Seymour Middle School.
To register, contact Barbara Heck by phone at 1-317-639-0300 ext. 101 or by e-mail at [email protected] at least seven days prior to the session you wish to attend. There is a $35 registration fee, payable at the door, and includes a school board candidate’s kit.
Anyone needing information about the upcoming election should contact Brown at 738-4289.