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Opinion

April 2, 2014

Have you registered?

The Howard County Election Board removed two candidates from the May primary ballot in February, but both candidates could still be on the ballot in November.

Democratic Center Township trustee candidate Robert A. Lee and Republican Harrison Township trustee candidate Joyce Ancil were both disqualified after residents of each township filed challenges.

Howard County Clerk Kim Wilson said neither candidate signed their candidacy forms.

“They didn’t attest that what they filed was ‘true and correct,’” Wilson said. “They didn’t sign it.”

Howard County Democratic Party chairman David Tharp said he will put Lee back on the ballot for November. And Howard County Republican Party chairman Craig Dunn said the GOP will hold a caucus of precinct committee members to determine their Harrison Township trustee candidate for the November ballot.

So, we have to ask: Are you registered to vote? Can you attest you’re a voter. Registration ends Monday. Take time this week to verify your voting status, particularly if you’ve moved or changed your name.

All you have to do is call your county voter registration office. In Howard County, that number is 456-2219; in Carroll, 564-6795; in Cass, 753-7870; in Miami, 472-3901, Ext. 226, and in Tipton, 675-2795.

If you’re not registered, all you need to do is fill out a simple form that asks for your name, address, birth date and a voter identification number (that’s your Indiana driver’s license number).

If you don’t have a driver’s license, then you must provide the last four digits of your Social Security number. And if you don’t have that, you’ll be assigned an ID number by your county of residence.

You can register at your county voter registration office, circuit court office, public assistance office or online at www.indianavoters.com. You won’t need to present personal identification documents.

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