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Primary election filings begin next Wednesday

With all the coverage on the local and national news channels concerning the presidential race, it’s unlikely to forget 2008 is an election year. Many offices in Indiana and in Harrison County will be up for grabs, and the elections start with the primaries, which, for Indiana, will be Tuesday, May 6.
The opening date for filing petitions of nomination to become a candidate in this year’s primary election is next Wednesday, Jan. 23. Primary races for 2008 include the president, Indiana’s nine U.S. representatives, Indiana governor, state representatives from Districts 70 and 73, state superintendent of public schools and state attorney general.
Many county officeholders and school board trustees will also face an election. North Harrison and Lanesville Community School corporations hold elections in May. (South Harrison Community School Corp. holds its election in November.) Two seats are open on the North Harrison board; candidates must live in Blue River or Morgan townships. Three seats are open on the Lanesville board.
County offices up for re-election this year are Harrison Superior Court Judge, circuit court clerk, recorder, coroner, surveyor, county commissioners in Districts 1 and 2, and three at-large seats on the county council.
New this year is the County Board of Tax and Capital Project Review, which is a non-partisan board with two seats available.
Voters using absentee ballots may submit their application for absentee voting beginning Friday, Feb. 6, to the county clerk’s office. The applications will be available online beginning Sunday, Feb. 1.
However, some voters who plan to vote the traditional way, at the polls, might be going somewhere new this year.
Harrison County Circuit Clerk Sherry Brown said that last year the North Harrison precinct was split into North Harrison and Northwest Harrison precincts. Those who fall in the new Northwest Harrison area will now vote at the YMCA of Harrison County in Corydon. Letters will be mailed to those residents next month to inform them.
Voters who used to vote at Corydon Christian Church had their polling place moved to the Gerdon Youth Center because of handicapped accessibility.
Brown also said there was an issue with the polling place in the West Boone district. Voters there had been voting at the Union Chapel Ladies Aid Hall, but the parking lot couldn’t handle the traffic, she said. The polls have yet to be officially moved, but Brown said it is likely they will move back to Boone Township Volunteer Fire Dept. firehouse.
The Harrison County Circuit Clerk’s Office and Courts Web site can be found through www.harrisoncounty.in.gov.

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