The Cambrian

Voter registration deadlines looming

Candidates and supporters are heading into high gear for the final weeks of the 2012 campaign season, with a number of deadlines looming between now and the Nov. 6 general election day.

Voters who haven’t yet registered must do so by Oct. 8 in order to receive their sample ballot and state ballot pamphlet in the mail. Those who register between Oct. 9 and Oct. 22 will receive by-mail notification of their polling place, but won’t get any other official voter information in their mailboxes.

Sample ballots are to be sent to voters starting Sept. 27, according to County Clerk-Recorder Julie Rodewald.

She said vote-by-mail ballots are to go out Oct. 9, and voters who have opted to always receive vote-bymail ballots will receive their ballots and voter-information guides at the same time.

Vote-by-mail ballots used to be called “absentee ballots,” but legislators formally changed the name a few years ago, Rodewald explained, because more of the ballots were being used “by people who were voting that way by choice, not just because they were going to be absent on Election Day.”

The Election Division must receive by Oct. 30 any request for a vote-bymail ballot to be sent to the voter through the U.S. Postal Service.

Between Oct. 30 and Election Day, any voter who wants a vote-by-mail ballot must go to the Elections Division office to get one. Rodewald suggested people who vote by mail should get their ballots to the post office by Wednesday, Oct. 31. “If push comes to shove, drop it off at the polls on Election Day,” she recommended.

Candidates, including write-in candidates, must file pre-election financial statements by Oct. 5 and Oct. 25.

—Kathe Tanner