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Candidates Can Begin Filing For 2012 Election January 11

Register To Vote Until October 9 At County Clerk’s Office, Online
Staff Report

With highly anticipated races in the political world set for 2012, prospective candidates for offices from United States President down to seats on the Spencer Owen School Board can begin filing their official declarations of candidacy in the Owen County Clerk’s Office on Wednesday, January 11.

January 11th marks the first day for declaration of candidacy for a major political party nomination. Candidates for offices of U.S. Senate and governor have until Friday, February 10 to file. Candidates can withdraw candidacy until Monday, February 13.

Featured on the local ballot will be state races for Indiana Governor and Lieutenant Governor, along with the Indiana Attorney General and Superintendent of Public Instruction. Of the 50 seats in the state senate, 25 will be on the ballot, while all 100 seats in the state house of representatives will be elected in ‘12.

National representation is also on the ballot with one U.S. Senate seat. The Eighth District U.S. House of Representatives Seat currently held by incumbent

Republican Larry Bucshon is up for grabs.

In the state legislature, District 46 incumbent republican Bob Heaton will bid for re-election in all Owen County townships except for Jackson, Jennings, Taylor and Harrison, while those townships will vote for a representative in District 44.

In the state senate, residents in Morgan, Wayne (precinct one), Montgomery, Marion, Lafayette, Washington, Jefferson, Franklin and Clay townships will vote on District 39, where incumbent republican John Waterman seeks re-election.

Those living in Jackson, Jennings, Taylor and Harrison townships will vote for District 37 where incumbent Republican Richard Bray is seeking another term.

In Owen County, seats for the second and third commissioners districts are wide open, as are the positions of county circuit court judge, county auditor and three at-large seats on the Owen County Council.

The previously mentioned races will be featured on both the primary and general election ballots, while races for three Spencer- Owen School Board seats won’t be voted on until the fall general election as parties are not involved.

Candidates will have just four months to campaign within their parties before the May 8, 2012 primary election.

For local school board members, a deadline of Wednesday, July 25 has been set to file a petition for an office elected at the general election.

For those who are homebound, the county clerk’s election office will have until Saturday, September 22 to mail absentee ballots to those who have filed an application with the county election board. Absentee voting at the county courthouse will begin on Monday, October 8.

For voters, a deadline of Tuesday, October 9 has been established to register in the county clerk’s office or online at: www.RockTheVote.com.

On Thursday, October 25, confined voters, a voter providing care for a confined person at a private residence or a voter with disabilities may vote an absentee ballot.

The general public may vote early at the county courthouse on Saturday, October 27, and on Saturday, November 3. The absentee voter board in the office of the county clerk must be open for four to seven hours to allow for absentee voting.

Election Day 2012 is scheduled for Tuesday, November 6. Polls will be open from 6:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

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