Sunday, October 06, 2002

Monday is deadline for voter signup

By Cindy Schroeder
The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Kentucky voters have through Monday to register to vote in the Nov. 5 general election.

        The Boone and Campbell County clerks' offices close at 4 p.m. Monday; the Boone County clerk's office is open until 4:30 p.m. Campbell County voters who can't make it to the clerk's offices in Newport or Alexandria can fill out voter registration cards at the public libraries in Newport, Fort Thomas and Cold Spring.

  • Kenton County: Call (859) 491-4780. On Election Day, voters also can call (859) 491-4814 or (859) 491-0707.
  • Campbell County: Call (859) 292-3885.
  • Boone County: Call (859) 344-2130. On Election Day, voters also can call (859) 334-3616 or (859) 334-2134.
        “We must have that information in our possession by the close of business on Monday,” said Boone County Clerk Marilyn K. Rouse.

        Northern Kentucky's county clerks also are advising voters who aren't sure where to vote to check with their county clerk's office before Election Day.

        Although voters who register to vote through Kentucky's Motor Voter law are sent postcard reminders of their new precincts, many recipients often throw them away without reading them, the clerks said.

        “Call before Election Day if you're not sure where you should vote,” Ms. Rouse said. “The phone lines are so busy on Election Day that callers may not get through.”

        Kenton County Clerk Bill Aylor agreed.

        “Election Day is so wild and crazy anyway that it's much better for us if they call ahead of time,” Mr. Aylor said. “If someone's changed their address and they're not on the roster (at a particular precinct), the poll worker has to call us and (the voter) has to fill out paperwork. It's a 10- to 15-minute process that can slow down things on Election Day.”

        A new law this year also requires voters to present identification before voting, Mr. Aylor said. Before, only a signature was required.

        In another change, candidates in small cities who want to run as write-ins must file a letter of intent with their county clerk by Oct. 25. Previously, they could just let voters write in their names on Election Day.

        Anyone who will be out of town on Nov. 5 can vote now through Nov. 4 on machines in the county clerks' offices. However, those planning to vote by mail must submit an absentee voter application to their county clerk's office by Oct. 29.

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