Election day — July 31 — is still several weeks away, but if you’re itching to cast your ballot early in primary elections, then you can hit the polls July 9.
Madison County citizens can cast their votes beginning the week of July 9 through July 27 in the registrar’s office from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
“I think it will be a busy three weeks,” said Madison County chief registrar Tracy Dean, regarding early voting in the county.
There will also be Saturday voting, July 21, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. “For the Saturday voting, please use the side door at the registrars’ office,” officials said. There will be no absentee voting on the Monday prior to the election.
Voters must declare a party preference to receive a Republican and Democratic ballot in the primary elections. Dean said that some voters have questioned her about whether candidates will be able to tell who citizens voted for. She said that is definitely not the case. Ballots are secret. But which party primary citizens participated in is a matter of public record and can be accessed by anyone.
In past years, non partisan elections have taken place in the general election in November, but those elections will be held July 31, with non partisan choices being provided on both Republican and Democratic ballots.
Dean said that as of July 2, her office had received 331 absentee ballot applications and mailed out 234 absentee ballots. Eleven military ballots have been mailed out to service men and women as far away as South America and Alaska. She said absentee applications must be received by July 27.