Voters in the Brainerd School District may cast their votes for the operating levy referendum as early as Oct. 5.
Those who are unable to vote on Election Day, Nov. 6, whether they are away from home, ill or disabled, serving as an election judge in another precinct or unable to go to the polling place due to a religious holiday or beliefs, may vote by absentee ballot.
Absentee ballot applications are available in the school district office at the Washington Educational Services Building or may be downloaded from the district Web site, www.isd181.org. The application must include a signature, even if submitted via fax or e-mail. Individuals voting absentee need to complete the absentee ballot application and submit it to the district office.
When absentee ballots become available on Oct. 5, balloting materials will be sent to everyone who has completed and submitted an absentee ballot application. If an absentee ballot application is received from someone not registered to vote, voter registration materials will be mailed along with the absentee balloting material, but the process is more complicated.
Voter registration application cards are available at the district office, the Crow Wing County auditor's office and other governmental offices. Individuals may preregister until 21 days prior to the date of the election, or Oct. 16. To vote you must be at least 18 years old by Election Day, be a resident of Minnesota at least 20 days before the election and a citizen of the United States.
If voting absentee, voters will need to complete the voter registration application card while balloting utilizing witness procedures outlined in the balloting information. It is recommended that voters preregister to vote before voting absentee.
To be counted, absentee ballots must have been received at the district office by Election Day. The process needs to be started early enough for all of the steps to be completed by Nov. 6.
For more, visit the district's Web site and click on referendum and voting information or e-mail carolyn.johnson@isd181. org.
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