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October 1, 2008

Ballot applications delayed, out this week

The phone has been ringing off the hook at the Mercer County Auditor’s office with people wondering where their Vote by Mail ballot application is for the November General Election. It was announced by the auditor’s office last week that the applications were in the mail. Some received theirs, others haven’t.
If you did not receive your ballot application in last week’s mail, don’t panic, it’s probably on the way. The applications were ordered from the usual printing company. However, it turned out there were unexpected problems.
Mercer County Auditor Monte Erhardt said due to a printer problem, less than half of the expected 6,000 applications went into the mail last week.
“We have about a week’s delay. They should be mailed out by the end of this week,” Erhardt said Monday.
Erhardt reminds people who sent their application in for the June Primary Election and checked the “All elections” box will not need to send another application in to receive their November ballot. Their ballots will automatically be mailed.
“We should have ballots ready to mail out by the end of the week as well. If (voters) don’t receive a ballot by Oct. 9 they should check with the auditor’s office,” Erhardt added.
If you want to vote in the November General Election, you have only two options: Vote by Mail or go to the only polling place in the county – the Mercer County Courthouse in Stanton. The polls will be open at the Mercer County Courthouse from 9 a.m.-7 p.m. MDT, Tuesday, Nov. 4.
Erhardt said Vote by Mail applications must be returned to his office at least 10 days before the election, approximately no later than Oct. 24, to allow enough time for the ballot to be sent out and returned by mail.
Voters can cast their ballot and return it to the auditor’s office as soon as it is received. In order to be counted in the vote, all Vote by Mail and Absentee Ballots must be postmarked no later than Monday, Nov. 3. If hand delivered, these ballots must be returned to the auditor’s office no later than 4 p.m. MDT, Monday, Nov. 3. Vote by Mail ballots will not be accepted by hand delivery on Tuesday, Nov. 4.

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