Herald JournalHerald Journal, March 14, 2005

HLWW ballots on the way

By Jenni Sebora
Staff Writer

Ballots should arrive today in mailboxes for those in the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted school district regarding the school levy.

Completed ballots will be accepted until 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.What's in it for YOU?

The levy, if passed, will bolster the school’s ongoing finances.

At last Monday’s HLWW school board meeting, Superintendent George Ladd and District Secretary and Election Judge Marilyn Greeley corrected information distributed last week regarding the mail-in ballot election.

Ladd and Greeley noted that ballots may be returned by mail, in person, or by a designated agent to the district office anytime after the voters have received their ballots.

Absentee ballots will be accepted anytime over the next few weeks.

In all cases, including absentee voters, ballots must be received at the district office by 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 29.

Voters also have more options when it comes to a mail-in ballot system as well.

Voters also have the option to cast their votes in-person at an official poll booth to be located in the HLWW Community Education office Tuesday, March 29 from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.

It is also permissable to cast ballots personally at the district office up until that day, Greeley said. “The law allows for that,” she said.

Voters may register anytime for mail-in

Non-registered voters can register anytime through the absentee ballot process because of the fact that it is a mail-in election, Greeley said.

Voters must be a resident for 30 days before the election and have proof of residency, such as valid driver’s license, permit or identification card, or receipt for a form that contains a current address, such as an original bill in the voter’s name for gas, electric, telephone, cable, solid waste, water or sewer services.

Greeley also noted that military personnel can have an absentee application filled out on their behalf by a parent, spouse or a child, 18 or older.

The district has a link on the school’s web site for obtaining an absentee ballot application.

A separate post office box has been set up in the Howard Lake post office for the mail-in ballots to be received. As the ballots are picked up from the post office, they will be placed in a locked box, Greeley explained.

Ladd and Greeley reiterated that spoiled ballots are not counted.

If someone does make a mistake on his or her ballot, they need to bring the ballot back to Greeley in the district office and complete a request for a new ballot, Greeley said.

Greeley also reviewed with the board the voting directions that will be included with each ballot and noted that the directions are very specific and self-explanatory.

She emphasized and encouraged anyone who has a question regarding the mail-in ballot procedure to call the district office (320) 543-3521, or visit from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and speak with herself or Amy Carlson, who is also an election judge.

At the next regular school board meeting, Monday, March 21, the board will decide on the date to canvass the levy election.

If 80 percent of the voters turned out, this would be considered a success, the board noted.

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