Tribune-Courier News Editor
BENTON – Voters in the Ross Precinct in Marshall County will have a new location to cast their ballots in the November election.
Marshall County Clerk Tim York said voters used the old Aurora-Ross Fire Department to vote. Now, the polling place will be at the new fire house at 8280 Aurora Highway.
Other deadlines for the November election are quickly approaching. To vote in the election, Marshall County residents must register today, York said.
York’s office is sending mail-in ballots to residents requesting them. He said the office will mail them out until Oct. 30. Ballots must be received by 6 p.m. on the Nov. 6 election day.
“If you are requesting a ballot on Oct. 30, you may be placing a lot of faith in the post office to get it to us for it to be counted,” York said.
For residents unable to vote at their polling places on election day, but not requiring a mail-in ballot, York said his office will have a machine. Absentee voters may cast ballots at the Marshall County Courthouse beginning today.
All write-in candidates must register with York’s office to be recognized. All candidates must register no later than Oct. 26 at 4 p.m.
After books close, Marshall County voters will be allowed to vote in their new precinct if they inform poll workers of their change of address. Voters moving within the state can return to their original polling place to vote.
“Call us and we’ll let anyone know where they need to vote,” York said. “We don’t want to deny anyone’s right to vote.”
York said he expected turnout to rival the 2008 election. The turnout could exceed 15,000.
“It could be a lot like the wet/dry vote,” York said. “Some precincts could be staffed with extra workers or see extra booths. The scanners and paper ballots are a lot quicker than the old machines. If there are any lines, it will likely only be at the sign-in desk.”