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Knightstown Election Starting to Take Shape
October 3, 2007 - With three meetings behind them and a fourth set for tomorrow, members of the Knightstown Election Board have nearly sorted out all the details for staging the November 6 election, believed to be the town's first in at least 20 years.
The board - comprised of Knightstown Clerk-Treasurer Judy Haines, and local Republican and Democrat party chairmen, Randy Riggs and Marion Adkins - decided last month to have the town council chambers at Knightstown Town Hall serve as the single polling location on Election Day. In lieu of renting costly electronic voting machines, the board also opted for paper ballots.
While only three of the town council's five seats are up for election this year - those representing wards 1, 3 and 4 - voting is open to all of the town's registered voters, including those living in wards 2 and 5. In Knightstown, each voter gets to vote for every town council seat that is up for election, not just the one for the ward where they live.
Incumbent Republicans representing wards 1, 3 and 4 - Council Vice President Nate Hamilton, Cort Swincher and Council President David Glenn - are facing respective challenges from independent candidates Clyde South, Robert Webber and Terry Guerin. A Libertarian, Bryan J. Miller, is also vying for the Ward 3 seat.
There is still some question as to how many voting booths there will be November 6. While the election board initially agreed last month to having six booths, two for each of the town's three precincts, Haines advised Riggs and Adkins during a meeting Monday morning that the county has no voting booths for the town to use. Adkins said he would also check with the county, and the board also discussed reducing the number of booths to four and making of office partitions at town hall to create voting areas.
The board has agreed to have one inspector and two judges on site November 6, and opted not to have poll clerks or anyone from the sheriff's department present. The inspector will be a member of the Republican Party and be appointed by Riggs, and there will be one Democrat and one Republican judge. At their meeting Monday morning, the election board agreed to pay the two judges $100 each for their work November 6, and to pay the inspector $110.
Besides being the Election Day polling site, Knightstown Town Hall will also be open the two Saturdays prior to November 6 for persons wishing to vote by absentee ballot. On October 27 and November 3, the town council chambers will be open for absentee ballot voting between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Two persons who will serve on an absentee ballot board will earn $100 for their eight hours of work over these two dates.
Voting by absentee ballot can also be done by mail, with ballots accepted at the office of the Knightstown Town Clerk-Treasurer between October 8 and noon on November 5. Applications for voting by absentee ballot are available at Knightstown Town Hall. Persons unable to leave their home to pick up an application for voting by absentee ballot and who need to have this paperwork delivered to them should contact Haines as soon as possible at 345-5977 during normal business hours Monday through Friday.
Thursday's election board meeting begins at 9 a.m. and is open to the public. It will be held in the town council's meeting room.
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