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Election Board to Meet Again
October 17, 2007 - Tomorrow morning the Knightstown Election Board will hold what could be one of its final meetings before next month's town council elections.
Over the past five weeks, the election board's three members - Chairman Marion Atkins, Randy Riggs and Knightstown Clerk-Treasurer Judy Haines - have just about worked out all of the details for staging the town's November 6 election. With seven candidates vying for three town council seats, this election is believed to be the first to be held in Knightstown in at least 20 years.
When the election board met October 8, members expressed displeasure with a sample ballot that had been prepared by the company that will be printing the paper ballots that will be used November 6. Riggs and Atkins, appointed to the election board, respectively, by the Henry County's Republican and Democratic parties, both said they thought the sample ballot's layout was confusing and contained unneeded material such as columns for write-in and Democrat candidates, even though there are no write-ins or Democrats seeking office. The sample ballot had also listed the Ward 2 council seat despite the fact that Wards 2 and 5 are not part of this year's election.
Haines told The Banner yesterday that Boyce Forms/Systems, the Daleville company that is printing the town's ballots, was able to address most of the issues board members had with the ballot. She said references to the Ward 2 seat and write-in and Democrat candidates have been stricken, and that changes have been made to the layout in the hopes of making the ballot easier to read and understand.
The town will only have a single voting location on November 6 - the town council chambers at Knightstown Town Hall, 26 S. Washington St. This location will also be open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, October 27, and Saturday, November 3, for persons wishing to vote by absentee ballot. Absentee ballots may also be mailed to the office of the Knightstown Clerk-Treasurer between now and noon November 5, the day before the election. Persons who want more information about absentee voting or need an application should contact Haines at 345-5977 as soon as possible.
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.
Tomorrow morning's election board meeting will be held at 9 a.m. in the council's chambers at town hall. It is open to the public.
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