Comprehensive reforms designed to encourage greater voter participation will be in place for the upcoming April 28 Primary Election.
Anyone not already registered to vote now has more time to take care of that task. You may register online or in person at your county courthouse up to 15 days prior to an election. That deadline his year is April 13.
For the first time, voters can cast their ballots by mail for no reason other than convenience. The ballots work like absentee ballots, but voters need not be out of town or otherwise unavailable to vote in person to qualify for a mail-in ballot.
The last day to apply for a mail-in or civilian absentee ballot is 5 p.m. the Tuesday before the April 28 election. The completed ballot must be received by mail, or dropped off in person at the county elections office, by 8 p.m. Election Day.
The deadline for county election boards to receive voted military and overseas absentee ballots is a week after the election. In this year’s primary election, that deadline is May 5. Those ballots must be postmarked no later 11:59 p.m. April 27.
Disabled voters can now ask to be placed on a permanent absentee voter list. Elections officials mail the absentee ballot application to those voters by the first Monday in February each year. Once the application is returned, the county sends ballots in the mail for all the elections that take place that year, as well as for any special election held through the third Monday in February of the next year.