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Vote, vote, vote!

By Staff | Oct 31, 2008

Even though Election Day is getting closer by the minute, hordes of voters in Emmet County have decided to take care of business prior to Tuesday, Nov. 4.

Emmet County Auditor/Election Commissioner Bev Juhl said a total of 1,060 voters have either requested mailed absentee ballots or had visited her office to cast ballots as of 3:45 p.m. Thursday.

“I think we’ll go over the total of 1,181 absentee ballots cast in 2004,” she said as she watched more voters congregate at her counter during the interview for this story.

“I think absentee voting is going smoothly. I am excited and pleased Emmet County residents are exercising their right to vote,” Juhl said.

Voters still have the opportunity to cast absentee ballots today, Saturday and Monday in Juhl’s office.

Presently the county has 7,597 registered voters and Juhl knows this figure will increase.

That’s because potential voters now have the opportunity to register at the polls on Election Day before casting their ballots.

But they must have certain documentation to prove legal citizenship.

“To register on Election Day, each voter needs a CURRENT, VALID PHOTO identification card with the CURRENT ADDRESS on it.”

If an eligible individual has a photo identification card that lacks correct information on the current address in Emmet County, there are other methods to prove residency including:

n A current, utility bill with the voter’s name.

n A bank statement with the voter’s name.

n A lease agreement with the voter’s name.

n A paycheck with the voter’s name.

n Any other governmental document with the voter’s name.

“We have been really busy the last two weeks,” Juhl said.

She expects the polls to be busy on Tuesday and has scheduled 52 workers to man all of the polls in the county.

“Anyone who requested a mailed absentee ballot must return it to this office in person or by mail for it to be part of the official vote count. The voter cannot take the mailed ballot to the polls on Election Day for delivery to this office. It doesn’t work that way.”

The auditor’s office will be accepting these mailed absentee ballots until 9 p.m. Tuesday.