If you have moved recently, you may want to visit the Circuit Clerk’s office and update your voter registration with your new address. You have until August 1 to do this if you wish to vote in the August 6 Primary Election.

   The county has 22 voting precincts and to legally vote, you must be on the voter rolls of the precinct in which you reside, according to Circuit Clerk Chad Welford. Some of these precinct lines follow roadways or cross roadways, he explained. Even if you move only a short distance such as across the road or down the road only a short distance, you need to check to see if you are still in the same voting precinct.

   Failing to vote in the correct precinct is a violation of voting laws.

   Welford also wanted to remind voters that absentee voting is already underway. Those individuals who know they will be unable to get to the polls on August 6 for the Primary Election may go to the Circuit Clerk’s office and vote or request an absentee ballot by mail. In-person absentee voting will conclude at noon on Saturday, August 3. Mail-in absentee ballots must be received in the Circuit Clerk’s office prior to 5 p.m. on Monday, August 5.

   Voters must be registered at least 30 days prior to an election. Those who are just now registering to vote have already missed the July 8 deadline to vote in the Primary Election. Individuals who register now and up through 5 p.m. on Monday, July 29, will be eligible to vote in the Primary Runoff Election on August 27, if a runoff election is necessary, Welford said.

   This voting season will see four separate elections in which voters will select county and state officials. The Primary is being held on August 6. The Runoff (if necessary) for the Primary will be held on August 27. The General Election will be on Tuesday, November 5. The Runoff for the General Election (if necessary) will be held on November 26.

   Candidates must receive at least 50 percent of the votes cast for that office plus one to be elected.

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