Registration deadline nears as election looms
With the general election just weeks away in which four positions each are open on both the Baldwin City Council and Baldwin School Board, residents and patrons still have time to register to vote.
Monday is the deadline for registering, said Connie Ingle, who handles the elections for the Douglas County Clerk's office, and there's also another feature to be aware of.
"That's correct," Ingle said of the registration deadline. "Advance voting also began Wednesday. If they come into register, they could also vote."
Advance voting is becoming more popular in the county, she said, and the process is simple.
"If they call in and ask that a ballot be sent to them, we turn around and send the ballot and they can return it to us. We've had about 600 people ask for advance ballots already."
Registering to vote and applying for advance ballots can also be done electronically.
"We can e-mail them applications," she said. "They can then FAX it to me and then mail the original."
Ingle's e-mail address at the courthouse is email@example.com. The forms are also available at the courthouse and at Baldwin City Hall.
Baldwin School District voters will be choosing three new school board members, while a fourth runs unopposed. Baldwin residents will be choosing a mayor and two council members, while a third council member is also unopposed. The general election is April 5.
The Baker University political science department will be conducted candidate forums on March 29. As of now, the school board candidates are scheduled to debate at 8 p.m. and the city contenders are to follow at 9 p.m. However, those times may be moved up. The forums will be in the cafeteria at Baker's Harter Union.
The Baldwin Chamber of Commerce, which has handled the forums in the past, is acting as a co-sponsor this time around. Patrons and residents who have questions for the candidates can submit them to the chamber at its downtown office.
"We'd love to get questions for the candidates," said Sandy Cardens, chamber spokesperson.
On the city side, incumbent Mayor Ken Hayes faces challenger Gary Walbridge. Voters will pick two council members from a field of incumbent Amy Cleavinger, Doyle Jardon and Jason Mock. Councilman Tony Brown runs unopposed to fulfill the term of Todd Cohen who resigned last year. Brown was appointed to the position but decided to let voters choose if they wanted him to continue. No one chose to run against him.
There are three positions with races on the school board. For the No. 2 post, incumbent Lonnie Broers is challenged by David Norris. Profiles on them can be found on page A-6 of today's Signal. Profiles of all other candidates have previously been published in the Signal. They are available online at the Signal's Web site, www.baldwincity.com under the category of Election 2005.
Running for school board position No. 4 are incumbent Chip Hornberger and Ruth Barkley. They were the top two vote-getters in the March 1 primary which had six candidates. In position No. 6, incumbent Ande Parks squares off against Jay Hundley. Bill Busby runs unopposed for position No. 5.
Voters for school board positions can only vote for those running in their district.