Voter registration deadline nears for August primary

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VoteThe deadline to register to vote in the August election is just a few days away.

Buchanan County Clerk Mary Baack-Garvey said Wednesday, July 6th is the last day to register to vote in the Aug. 2 primary election.

“The best thing they can do is come straight to our office and do that in person so they know the paperwork has been done and filed in our office,” Baack-Garvey said. “They can also go to the department of motor-vehicle and the libraries all over town have registrars there as well but I just recommend they come here in person just so we know they got their registration and information turned into us.”

She said voters who think they are registered but haven’t cast a ballot in some time should call the office to double-check their registration.

“A lot of people assume that they are registered but they really aren’t due to inactivity,” she said.

A low voter turnout is anticipated for the Aug. primary.

“There’s just not a lot of heated races at this moment.  A lot of our people either don’t have a primary or they’re uncontested all together.  We have a couple,” Baack-Garvey said. “I would think that we would probably hit 25-percent that that’s probably overshooting a little bit.”

Absentee voting is currently underway for the primary.  The last day to vote absentee is Aug. 1 at 5 p.m. To view a sample ballot CLICK HERE.

Around 47,000 people are registered to vote in Buchanan County.  Baack-Garvey said a big push for voter registration will be made ahead of the Nov. Presidential Election.

“We have about 15,000 deleted voters and we’re hoping to find where they’re at,” Baack-Garvey said. “We do a mailer by statute every two years to our registered voters but this is going to be a different kind of mailer.  This is going to go to residents.”

Individuals will be also be seen out at different events ahead of the Nov. 8 election trying to get unregistered voters to sign-up.