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Registration deadline for wet/dry vote is June 28

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By Joan Kincaid

Don’t miss the “must-attend” event of the year July 26, 2011, at your voting poll.
Last month on May 17, Primary Election Day, only 14 percent of the registered voters in Owen County went to the polls and voted. How to get citizens to vote is a question for people more knowledgeable about this than I.
As your county clerk it is my responsibility to make sure that on election day the machines are ready and supplies available for the precinct workers.
My staff and I have been busy getting ready for the special July 26 election.
Today, I want to make sure important information is distributed to the voters. The County Clerk’s Corner is an opportunity to better serve and communicate with you. And, ultimately, to create a better election experience for the citizens of Owen County. Following are some important dates to remember:
• June 28 — Last day to register to vote for the special election.
• June 30 — Inspection of the absentee voting machine in the Owen County Clerks office at 10 a.m.
• July 5 — Absentee voting will start in the clerk’s office. If you are going to be away from the county on election day, be sure to stop by and vote in the clerk’s office during normal business hours.
• July 6 — Any group of citizens who in good faith favors or opposes the proposition to be submitted may file a petition asking to be recognized as the committee entitled to nominate election officers. To serve as precinct officer for each precinct such persons must be qualified to serve as an officer.
• July 11 — The County Board of Elections is to appoint precinct officers. Each side of the proposition shall have an equal number of precinct officers in each precinct.
• Challengers may be appointed in the same manner as election officers.
• Voters must be 18 by the date of the local option election and properly registered in order to vote.
• You may apply for a paper absentee ballot at the present time. The last day to apply for the paper ballot is July 19. You may vote a paper absentee ballot if you are elderly, disabled, in the military, a college student, or temporarily outside of Owen County. The application for the paper ballot is available from the clerk’s office.
• July 26 — Election Day. Polls are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• The Owen County Board of Elections is to certify the results and file with the Owen County Clerk. The Owen County Judge-executive shall have the certificate entered in the Owen County Order Book.
• There is no provision in the law for a voter to request a recanvass of a local-option election.
• Report of Election Day findings will be made to the grand jury.
• No local-option election shall be held in the same territory more than once every three years. KRS 242.230
• The question that will be on the ballot on July 26 is “Are you in favor of the sale of alcoholic beverages in Owen County?” “Yes or No”
The answer to the question will depend upon you, the voters of Owen County. It is important to vote. Remember, one vote counts.
By a margin of just one vote, Texas, California, Oregon, Washington and Idaho became states.
The hours of the Owen County Clerk’s office are: Monday 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; Tuesday-Friday 8 a.m.-4 p.m.; and Saturday 8 a.m.-noon.
You may contact me by phone at (502) 484-2213, Fax (502) 484-1002, or by the web at owencounty.ky.gov/clerk. Remember my door is always open to you.
On July 26, 2011, take advantage of your right to vote.
See you at your polls.