Today, Monday, April 5, is the last day to register to vote in the May 4 Primary and School Board elections. You can call voter registration at 327-5040 to check if you are on their rolls at your current address and under your current name (newly married ladies take note). If you are not on their list, they can tell you the best way to get registered TODAY. Wherever you register to vote, do keep your receipt and bring it with you on Election Day in case there are any difficulties locating your name in the books. You may also have to bring certain documents with you to prove you live at the address shown, if you are a first time voter at your current address. So, be sure to ask voter registration about that, as well, when you call them.
Today is also the first day for early voting at City Hall. They will be open for voting in the Clerk's Office, on the first floor of the City-County Building, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. Beginning with the week of April 26 they will extend hours from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. They will also offer weekend voting hours from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday, April 24 & 25 and May 1 & 2. Early voting will end on Monday, May 3 promptly at noon.
If you want to vote by mail, you will need to send in an 'absentee ballot application', which you can obtain online by clicking here. Upon receipt of your application, the Election office will send you a ballot in the mail. You have until April 26 to get your 'absentee ballot application' into the Election office. You must return the actual ballot by by election day, May 4. (In neither case will postmarks on the days of the deadlines work for you. The application and the ballot must actually be in the Election office by the deadline.)
Tuesday, April 13 is the date of the next Decatur School Board meeting. I am told it will begin at 7:00 pm in the Community Room of the Decatur Intermediate Learning Center, on Mann Road. No agenda is yet posted on the District website, but Teacher layoffs must be finalized that night.
Monday, April 26, is Candidate's Night at the Decatur Township Civic Council. This meeting will begin at 7:00 pm in the Large Group Instruction Room of the Decatur Middle School. All candidates running for seats on the Decatur School Board have been invited. Written questions are taken from the floor. So, come to ask questions or to (finally) hear answers from those running to represent you on the School Board.