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Candidates can begin filing for City, school board for Nov. 2 election

Mayor, city council, and school board will be on the ballot for the November 2, 2021 election. Seats for up election include:
Lenox, mayor and two council seats. Rosa Cruz and Tyson Brown are council members with terms expiring at the end of the year.
In Bedford, mayor and all five council seats.
Blockton has the mayor and three council seats.
Clearfield, mayor and all five council seats.
Conway, mayor and three council seats.
Gravity, mayor and all five council seats.
New Market, mayor and two council seats.
Sharpsburg, mayor and all five council seats.
The number of signature required to have your name on the ballot are: Bedford, Blockton, Clearfield, Gravity, Lenox, and New Market are 10; Conway and Sharpsburg require five signatures.
Candidates may begin filing in the Auditor’s Office Monday, August 23, 2021 and the last day to file is September 16, 2021 by 5:00 p.m.
Lenox has three at-large school board seats that will be on the November ballot. They are currently served by Kurtis Christensen, Nicole Hogan, and Jamie Horton.
For Bedford school board, Bedford Director Districts 1 and 5 are up for election. James Johnson is serving in District 1 and Mike Irvin is serving District 5.
Candidates may begin filing with the School Secretary’s on Monday, August 23, 2021 and the last day to file is September 16, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
The number of signatures required for school board are 25 for each school district.
Important Election Information for the upcoming City and School Election
By Bethany Murphy,
County Auditor
There have been a lot of changes in elections following this year’s legislative session below is just a small part.
The polls will now close at 8:00 p.m. for all elections.
You may still register to vote at the polls. You will need proof of identity (which everyone needs) and proof of residence.
As county auditor I can only send absentee ballot requests to those who request them. Each person wanting an absentee ballot must request one. A voter can no longer request an absentee ballot request form for everyone in the household. The Secretary of State will no longer be sending absentee ballot request unless the legislature would authorize it for a public health disaster. You may, however, receive absentee ballot requests from political parties or other private organizations. It is still legal for them to do a mass mailing.
The first day to request your absentee ballot by mail for this election is Tuesday, August 24, 2021.
The first day for ballots to be mailed for this election will be Wednesday, October 13, 2021.
Wednesday, October 13, 2021, will also be the first day to vote in person at the Auditor’s Office.
The Auditor’s Office must receive your absentee ballot request by Monday, October 18, 2021, to have a ballot sent to you in the mail.
The last day to vote in the Auditor’s Office will be Monday, November 1, 2021.
Other changes that will affect this year’s election: ballots must be received in the Auditor’s Office by 8:00 p.m. on election night to be counted; a post mark prior to election day will no longer be valid. The ballot must be in the Auditor’s Office by 8:00 p.m. on election night.
The drop box on the west side of the Courthouse will no longer be a place to drop your absentee ballot off. They must be received in the mail or personally brought to the Auditor’s Office.
There is also a change as to who may return voted ballots. Ballots may be returned by the voter or someone living in the voter’s household. An immediate family member who does not live with the voter, can return the ballot with an additional form, or if the voter is blind or has another disability the ballot mat be returned by a special delivery agent with an additional form.
Again, these are just a few of the changes taking effect this election cycle. If you have questions, please reach out to the Auditor’s Office. 712-523-2280

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