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Local and presidential races will dominate Nov. ballot

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By Molly Haines

The upcoming presidential election is sure to take center stage on the ballot next month, but Owen County Clerk Joan Kincaid said the federal election is likely to bring more voters to the polls to vote in local elections.
Election Day is Nov. 6 and Kincaid said her office and the Owen County Board of Elections stays busy throughout the month of October preparing for the big day.
“The machines are inspected, paper ballots are sent out, election training is done, we deliver voting machines – it’s a very busy, stressful time,” Kincaid said. “But we work closely with the board of elections in order to get everything prepared and ready on time.”
Kincaid said presidential elections always bring more voters out than years when only local elections are held.
Voters in three districts will have the opportunity to vote for school board members.
In the first district school board race, incumbent and Owen County School Board Chairman Stuart Bowling will face Michele Heuser.
The newest edition to the board of education, Kimberly Hunter, who was appointed to the board after the resignation of Brian Young earlier this year, filed to run and will be uncontested on the ballot.
Fourth-district school board member Dr. Larry Johnson will face Kitty Cammack.
All of the incumbent Owenton City Council filed to run in this year’s election, plus Rita Osborne.
Other local races on the ballot will include Gratz City Commission, Monterey City Council, Sparta City Commission and Soil and Water Conservation District Supervisors.
Margaret Forsee will run for Owen County Circuit Clerk uncontested, as will James Crawford for 15th Judicial Circuit Commonwealth’s Attorney.
Other races on next month’s ballot include Kentucky’s fourth-congressional district, state representative from the 61st district and state senator from the 17th senatorial district.
In the presidential election, voters will have the opportunity to vote for United States President Barack Obama, Republican Mitt Romeny, Independent Randall Terry, Libertarian Gary Johnson and Jill Stein of the Green Party.
The deadline for write-in candidates is Oct. 26. Kincaid said anyone who wishes to file to run as a write-in candidate can stop by her office to fill out the proper paperwork. Fees will depend on what office is being filed for.
Absentee machine voting will be held up until Nov. 5.
If you are unable to stand in long lines, due to age or disability you can apply for an absentee paper ballot and have the ballot mailed to you.
The paper ballot applications must be back in the clerk’s office by 4 p.m. Oct. 30.
The last day to register to be eligible to vote in next month’s election is Oct. 9.
Kincaid said she’s shooting for a 47-percent voter turnout.
“From the looks of the absentee voting I’m hopeful that we’re going to have a good turnout this year,” Kincaid said.