Deadline is Oct. 6 to register for general election voting 10.1

Written by David Green.

The campaigning continues in the run for the U.S. presidency and other state and local offices, and many election officials are expecting large turnouts based on registration numbers.

To join in the democratic process, Michigan and Ohio residents have until Oct. 6 to register for the Nov. 4 general election. Morenci city hall will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to accept registrations.

A mail-in form is available at the Michigan Department of State website (www.Michigan.gov/sos).

For information about Ohio voting, visit the Secretary of State office at www.sos.state.oh.us.

In addition to choosing candidates for office, Michigan residents will be asked to vote on two statewide proposals: an initiative to permit the use and cultivation of marijuana for specified medical conditions; and a proposal to amend the state constitution to address human embryo and human embryonic stem cell research in Michigan.

Local voters will see contested races for U.S. President, U.S. Senator, U.S. Representative, state representative, state board of education members, regents and trustees of universities,  state supreme court justice, appeals court judge, county sheriff and road commissioner.

Voters are able to check the status of their registration at the Michigan Voter Information Center website (www.Michigan.gov/vote).

Absentee ballots can be used by registered voters meeting any of six reasons:

• age 60 or older;

• unable to vote at the polls without assistance;

• expecting to be out of town on Election Day;

• in jail awaiting arraignment or trial;

• unable to vote at the polls for religious reasons;

• appointed to work as an election inspector in precinct outside of your precinct of residence.

Those who wish to receive an absentee ballot by mail must submit an application by 2 p.m. Nov. 1. Emergency absentee ballots are available under certain conditions through 4 p.m. Election Day.

Registered Michigan voters who have moved within 60 days of the election may still vote at their previous address if they have not registered at a new address. This also applies to voters whose homes have been foreclosed upon. Voters in default on their mortgages but living in their homes may still vote without restriction.

OHIO VOTING—In Ohio, any qualified Ohio voter may request and vote an absentee ballot without stating a reason.

Absentee voting begins 35 days before the general election.

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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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