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Eureka voters will use write-in ballots

By Steve Herring
Published in News on July 30, 2009 2:08 PM

Eureka voters will use write-in ballots to decide on a mayor and two board members.

No one filed for the offices prior to the end of the filing period on July 17. Mayor Steven Howell and Commissioner Billy Martin and the board seat left vacant by the death of Wayne Taylor are up for election.

Election Day will be Nov. 3.

Some of the information provided by the Board of Elections and published in an earlier article concerning write-in candidates in municipal elections actually applied to county offices, elections officials said.

In municipal elections, voters simply may write in a person's name. The Board of Elections verifies the person's eligibility to serve -- such as assuring the person lives in the district they were elected to represent.

To qualify as a write-in candidate for county office, persons must obtain a certain number of signatures of eligible voters in their district and must submit an application to the Board of Elections to campaign and run for office as a write-in candidate.

Should the Eureka election fail to provide eligible write-in candidates, it could then fall to the town board to appoint a mayor and board members, election officials said.

The schedule for the municipal and sanitary districts elections is:

Tuesday, Aug. 18, time to be determined, precinct judges appointed (2-year appointment).

Monday, Oct. 5, first day for absentee by mail requests.

Tuesday, Oct. 9, last day to register and/or change registration information.

Thursday, Oct. 15, 8 a.m., one-stop early voting begins.

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 5 p.m., last day to request absentee by mail.

Saturday, Oct. 31, 1 p.m., one-stop early voting ends.

Monday, Nov. 2 5 p.m., all voted absentee by mail ballots must be in the Board of Elections office.

Tuesday, Nov. 3, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Election Day.

Tuesday, Nov. 10, 11 a.m. vote canvass.