By Jennifer Gallus
Now that the ballots have been mailed out for the Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District’s mail-in referendum, some questions have popped up.
The mail-in ballot procedure is very similar to an absentee ballot procedure.
Q: Why didn’t I get a ballot?
A: Ballots were mailed out to all registered district residents. Non-registered district residents can register on election day, and vote then, or apply for an absentee ballot. If an address has changed since the last time a person voted and the state or county wasn’t informed of the change by the voter personally, the ballot was likely sent to the wrong address.
The state and county provides the school district with an address for each registered voter.
The school district receives the mailing labels from the state. Trouble comes into play when a person’s mailing address is not correct. The ballot is then returned by the post office to the district.
Some reasons why ballots are returned include if a person’s post office box number changed, or the physical address changed, even from Drive to Circle. The county needs to be notified by the resident to officially change its records, according to election judge and HLWW Supt. Secretary Marilyn Greeley.
If a person’s physical address did change, they would need to re-register with the current address, and can do so via absentee ballot anytime from now until 5 p.m. Monday, April 7 at the district office.
Any registered voter who didn’t get a ballot may contact the district office to determine what may have happened, and how to obtain a ballot.
Non-registered voters may also contact the district office to learn how to become registered to vote.
Q: Why is a polling place provided on the last day of a mail-in election?
A: Legally, the school district is required to provide a polling place as a means for people to vote on the day of the election, Greeley said. Those who have received a ballot in the mail can bring that ballot to the polling place and vote, and non-registered residents can register and vote at the polling place, as well.
Q: Where can I drop off my ballot if I don’t want to mail it?
A: Ballots can be deposited into a locked ballot box in the district office during office hours now through Monday, April 7.
Q: Who can I contact for more questions?
A: HLWW Supt. Secretary Marilyn Greeley at (320) 543-3521 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Amy Carlson at email@example.com.
Polling place April 8
There will be one polling place for the whole Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted School District Tuesday, April 8 at the HLWW Middle School from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.
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