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Voter registration deadline is Oct. 6

The deadline to register to vote is Monday, Oct. 6. Harrison County Circuit Clerk Sherry Brown said new voters have two options to register: They can stop by the clerk’s office in the courthouse during business hours and pick up an application or visit the county’s Web site, www.harrisoncounty.in.gov, and a picture link will take voters to a Web page devoted to election and voting issues in Harrison County.
For anyone thinking they may not be in Harrison County on election day, Tuesday, Nov. 4, Brown said she ‘strongly encourages’ everyone to sign up for an absentee ballot or come by the office to vote early. Applications for the ballots are available at the clerk’s office and online at the Harrison County Web site and are available for both private citizens and military personnel. Applications may be mailed in by Saturday, Oct. 27, and early voting begins Monday, Oct. 6, and continues until Monday, Nov. 3, at noon.
The county election board will be in the office each weekday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., except from noon to 1 for lunch. The office will also be open two Saturdays between now and the election, Oct. 25 and Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Brown said families of residents of a nursing home or anyone otherwise unable to make it to their polling precinct should apply for absentee voting, as well as college-age students who may not be home on election day. The absentee application has an option to request a traveling board to come to any homebound residents who need or want help in casting their votes.
Brown said if someone isn’t sure whether or not they are registered to vote, status can be checked at www.indianavoters.com. The site requires name and date of birth to check for registration.
For those who know they’re registered but are unsure of their voting precincts, that information is available through the county’s Web site also. Brown said not only is there a map available, but there is a list of precinct sites and addresses.
One precinct has been changed this year. Those who vote at St. Michael’s Church in Bradford will be moved ‘ just for this year ‘ due to ongoing renovations at the church. Voters in both Northeast Morgan and South Morgan precincts will vote at Central Barren United Methodist Church.
Brown said, overall, she expects a large turnout this year, especially for absentee voters.
‘I ordered enough ballots to have a record-setting turnout,’ she said. ‘I hope for that.’

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