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Candidate filings open next Wednesday

The May Primary is less than four months away, and next week begins the filing process for many offices.
Persons wishing to run for office may sign up beginning Wednesday, Jan. 20. The deadline to file is Friday, Feb. 19, at noon.
The Primary races will include U.S. senator, Ninth District U.S. representative, secretary of state, state auditor, state treasurer, state representatives for the 70th and 73rd districts, state senator for the 47th district, and, in Harrison County, Circuit Court judge, prosecutor, auditor, treasurer, sheriff, assessor, District 3 commissioner, council districts 1, 2, 3 and 4 representatives, township trustees, township advisory board members and precinct committee chair persons.
Voters in the Lanesville and North Harrison Community School corporations will also elect school trustees. (South Harrison Community School Corp. trustees are elected in November.)
Harrison Circuit Court Clerk Sherry Brown said all necessary forms to file as a candidate are available online at harrisoncounty.in.gov/elections.htm, as well as in her office, which is located on the second floor of the courthouse in downtown Corydon.
Residents may also find the Web site helpful if they need to register to vote, if they need to change their name or address or if they want to check their polling place.
Brown said voter registration will close 30 days prior to the Primary Election.
Indiana’s statewide voter registration system can be found online at www.indianavoters.com.
Other important dates regarding the 2010 Primary Election include:
Monday, Feb. 22, noon ‘ Deadline to file a withdrawal of candidacy for the primary election
Monday, March 1 ‘ Deadline for regular party committees to file 2009 annual campaign reports
Thursday, March 25 ‘ Deadline for county election boards to mail primary election absentee ballots to voters who file an application with the county election board
Monday, April 5 ‘ First day a voter may vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter board in the office of the circuit court clerk
Thursday, April 22 ‘ First day a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined person at a private residence or a voter with disabilities may vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter board at the voter’s residence or place of confinement
Saturdays, April 24 and May 1 ‘ Absentee board in the circuit court clerk’s office must be open for at least seven hours for absentee voting (in counties with a population less than 20,000, the county election board may reduce hours to a minimum of four)
Monday, May 3, noon ‘ Deadline for the circuit court clerk to receive mailed, hand-delivered or faxed absentee ballot applications from confined voters or voters caring for a confined person requesting delivery of a ballot by an absentee voter board; also the deadline for a voter to vote an absentee ballot in the office of the circuit court clerk and for a confined voter, a voter caring for a confined voter or a voter with disabilities to vote an absentee ballot before an absentee voter board at the voter’s place of confinement
Tuesday, May 18, noon ‘ Deadline for a candidate to file a verified election recount or contest petition.
There are additional deadlines leading up to the Nov. 2 General Election.

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