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Tuesday deadline for voter registration in general election, local option for alcohol


Clay County residents who wish to vote in the Nov. 6 general election have until Tuesday, Oct. 9 to register. Voters who live within the city limits of Henrietta also have the option to vote in a separate local option election concerning the sale of alcohol.

A voter may register in person at the Courthouse Annex, or by mail.  If there has been a change of address, or if a voter did not receive a new yellow voter registration card by mail, they are urged to call the voter registrar before going to the polls.

As in all general elections, all candidates are on a single ballot, so voters may cast their ballot in favor of the candidate of their choice, despite party affiliation.  The general election ballot contains federal, state, district and county races, including the race for president.  This year, three county offices are contested: Sheriff, constable and tax assessor-collector.

There is a high level of interest this year, said County Clerk Sasha Kelton. The clerk’s office has already processed more than 100 ballots by mail, with more than 30 days remaining to accept applications.  A voter may qualify to vote by mail due to an absence from the county, military status, a disability, confinement in jail, or if the voter is over age 65.  All applications to vote by mail must be received in the clerk’s office by Oct. 30.

Early voting in person is always conducted for two full weeks prior to Election Day. Voters registered in Clay County can cast their ballot at the Courthouse Annex, located at 214 N. Main St. in Henrietta, Oct. 22-Nov. 2, Monday through Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

Election Day voting will be conducted at Clay County’s usual 16 polling places throughout the county on Tuesday, Nov. 6, 7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Henrietta voters who want to participate in the alcohol option election will cast ballots at city hall from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 6. The election will determine if businesses and restaurants are allowed to sell beer, wine and liquor.

For more information on voter registration, contact the voter registrar at (940) 538-4356. For information on the general election, call the county clerk’s office at 538-4631. For information concerning the local option election for the sale of alcohol, contact the City of Henrietta at 538-4316.

Important information for voters who wish to participate in the Nov. 6 general election

Voter Registration:

  • Must be registered by Oct. 9 to participate in Nov. 6 General Election
  • Register by mail, or in person at Courthouse Annex, 214 N. Main St. Henrietta
  • If voter has moved, call voter registrar
  • If voter did not receive new yellow voter registration card in mail, call voter registrar

Voter identification:

  • No change in voter ID laws effective for Nov. election
  • Voter must present valid identification or driver’s license or voter registration card
  • First-time voters are required to show ID

Absentee ballots by mail:

  • Voter may qualify to vote by mail due to absence from the county, confinement in jail, age over 65, military status or due to a disability
  • Applications to vote by mail must be received in County Clerk office by Oct. 30

Early Voting in person:

  • Early Voting is Oct. 22-Nov. 2, Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.,
  • Courthouse Annex, 214 N. Main St. Henrietta

Election Day:

  • Tuesday, Nov. 6
  • Polls open 7 a.m. – 7 p.m.
  • 16 usual polling locations, no changes since last General Election
  • Call County Clerk for polling place questions/directions

Ballot info:

  • General election- all candidates on one ballot
    – vote for candidate of your choice, despite party affiliation (unlike Primary)
  • Ballot contains federal, state, district and county races
    – includes president/vice president and senator
    – includes three local contested races: sheriff, constable, tax assessor-collector

Call county clerk to request a sample ballot


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