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Voter registration deadline nears

With the eyes of the country on the first presidential debate Monday night, it’s clear the Nov. 8 General Election is fast approaching.
September is National Voter Registration Month, and residents who are not already registered can do so between now and Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the close of business at the Harrison County Circuit Court Clerk’s office in the downtown Corydon courthouse. Or, an application can be filled out online at indianavoters.com. The deadline is midnight on Oct. 11 for online registration.
‘There is no time to waste in verifying your voter registration and polling location,’ Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson said. ‘Voting is a privilege we enjoy as citizens and getting ready to vote in Indiana is simple and straightforward.’
Eligible voters must be 18 and have a valid identification (such as a driver’s license).
Individuals incarcerated for a felony conviction are ineligible to vote in Indiana. Voting rights are automatically restored upon release from prison, and people on parole or probation can vote. Ex-offenders should re-register to vote.
Polling locations by precinct and a list of candidates can be found online at harrison.in.gov.
An absentee voting application can also be found at the above website. Absentee applications (as well as military and overseas absentee voting) sent by mail must be received by the close of business on Oct. 31. Absentee applications requesting a bipartisan team deliver a ballot to the voters home must be received by noon Nov. 7.
Early voting will begin on Oct. 12 with absentee ballots cast at the clerk’s office (second floor downtown Corydon courthouse) during regular office hours (Monday through Friday from 8 to 4:30 p.m.). It also will be open for voting until 6 p.m. on Thursdays and for seven hours on the two Saturdays before the election (Oct. 29 and Nov. 5).
For questions, call the clerk’s office at 812-738-4289.
As a reminder to voters, straight-party voting will not count for any individual candidate for county council. Voters need to select each candidate they wish to elect for at-large county council. School board candidates also will need to be picked individually since they are non-partisan. All other races will count for the respective party of a straight ballot cast.

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