Just over a week left to register to vote

| 10/19/2016 |

By Jan Schultz

The Imperial Republican

All the noise of the 2016 U.S. Presidential Election will be over soon.

Many local residents have not yet registered to vote for the Nov. 8 General Election, there’s just a little more than a week to complete the task.

While the national media has been concentrating on the presidential race, there are local races in Chase County for District One county commissioner, two seats on the Wauneta Village board of trustees, two three seats on the Wauneta-Palisade Schools board of education, CCS board of education and one seat (Subdist. 5) on the Upper Republican NRD board.

Debbie Clark, Chase County Clerk/Election Commissioner, said the deadline to register to vote is next Friday, Oct. 28.

Her office at the courthouse will remain open until 6 p.m. MT/7 p.m. CT that day.

People of voting age who are new to the community, those who have changed their name due to marriage or have moved since the last election need to reregister, Clerk said.

Early voting is also underway at the courthouse, Clark said.

The office began mailing out ballots Oct. 3, and walk-in voting started Oct. 11 at the courthouse.

About 75 Chase County voters have already cast ballots as of Monday, Clark said, and she believes early voting activity is a little heavier this year.

It’s always higher during a presidential election year, she noted.

“But, there seems to be more coming in earlier,” she said Monday.

People can cast their votes early all the way up until Monday, Nov. 7, the day before the General Election.