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Election cycle opens several county offices


Jan. 20 is first day to file for primary


January 13, 2010
This year could bring about changes in several offices in the Crawford County courthouse, but it remains to be seen who will sign up in an effort to fill those vacancies.

This is the year voters will choose a new clerk, auditor and recorder, as those currently holding those positions can't run again because of term limits. The assessor's office will be up for grabs this year as well, but there are no term limits, so the sitting assessor has the option to run again.

The sheriff's job will be up for grabs this year, but the present sheriff, Tim Wilkerson, has another term available if he chooses to run again. The same applies to the judge, as the position has no term limits. The treasurer, surveyor and coroner won't be up for another two years.

This year also will bring a race for the First District Commissioner's job, now held by Larry Bye. Four members of the county council — Bob Kellems, Joey Robinson, Sharon Wilson and Jim Taylor — are open for challenges, as well. Both commissioners and council members have no term limits, so those now in office can run again this year.

Friday, Jan. 20, is the first day candidates can declare their intentions by filing at the county clerk's office. The deadline for filing for political office is noon on Friday, Feb. 19. The deadline to file a withdrawal of candidacy for the primary election is noon on Monday, Feb. 22. And noon on Monday, March 1, is the deadline for regular party committees to file 2009 annual campaign reports.

Thursday, March 25, is the deadline for county election boards to mail primary election absentee ballots to voters who have already filed an application with the county election board.

Monday, April 5, is the 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, is the 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.

On Saturdays, April 24 and May 1, the absentee board in the office of the circuit court clerk must be open for at least seven hours for absentee voting. However, in a county with a population less than 20,000, the county election board may reduce hours to a minimum of four on these dates.

Monday, May 3, at noon, is the 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. It is 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.

Primary election day is Tuesday, May 4.

Tuesday, May 18, at noon, is the deadline for a candidate to file a verified election recount or contest petition.

The general election will be Tuesday, Nov. 2.

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