The election to determine the next president of the United States is rapidly approaching, but that office is not the only one on the line as many other local, federal and state offices will also be decided by the general election on Nov. 8.
According to Harlan County Clerk Donna Hoskins, the deadline to register to vote in the Nov. 8 election is drawing near.
“The Nov. 8 election will include local races, federal races and the unexpired term for the Harlan County district judge,” Hoskins said. “The last day to register to vote is Oct. 11. You can change address, party, or register for the first time.”
Hoskins said her office is now in the process of accepting absentee ballot applications. People who are unable to vote in person due to some sort of disability may apply for an absentee ballot.
Hoskins explained once the request for an absentee ballot is received, they will send an application to the prospective voter who will fill it out and mail it back to the clerk’s office. The clerk’s office will then send an absentee ballot out if requirements are met.
“We will open the absentee voting machine on Oct. 17,” Hoskins said. “That is for persons that will be out of county on election day.”
Hoskins explained absentee ballots cannot be mailed out to those who will be out of the county on election day, those individuals must come in to the clerk’s office and vote in person.
“They’ll sign an application telling where they will be on election day,” Hoskins said. “The absentee voting machine will be open in the office until Nov. 7. We will also be here from 9 a.m. until noon on Nov. 5 for absentee voting.”
College students who will be out of town on election day may utilize either the in-office absentee voting machine or apply for an absentee ballot to be sent to them on campus.
To request an absentee ballot application, call the Harlan County Clerk’s Office at 606-573-3636.
“A parent can ask for a child, a child can ask for a parent or a husband can ask for a wife or you can request for yourself,” Hoskins explained. “Only immediate family may request an absentee ballot application.”
Absentee ballots must be received in the clerk’s office by mail no later than election day.
“We’re in the 84th and 87th state representative districts,” Hoskins said, referring to the local races to be decided in the November general election. “We will have three school board districts for the county, we have two seats in the city, and we have city councils for all the cities and we have an unexpired term for the mayor of Cumberland as well as the unexpired term for the Harlan County district judge.”
Hoskins is hoping for a large turnout at the polls this election.
“As always, please come out and vote and let’s represent Harlan County in a very big way,” Hoskins said.
Local candidates seeking office in November, according to the Harlan County Clerk’s Office, include:
• Harlan County School Board, District 1 – Brenda Henson; District 2 – Gary G. Farmer; District 3 – Myra Burnette Mosley;
• Harlan Independent School Board – Mathew G. Nunez; Joe Meadors;
• Benham City Council – Howard White; Cynthia Humphrey; Emogene Halcomb; George Massey; Ruthie Wilson; Patsy McKechnie; Ronald Sturgill;
• Cumberland City Council – Kateena Haynes; Brooke Siler, Wesley Salyers, April Leisge; Yvonne Gilliam, Jerry Gilliam, Kathy S. Cress; Randall “Corky” Tackett; Dustin Siler; Tracey Tackett; Teresa Raleigh; David C. Dixon; Michael Napier;
• Cumberland Mayor (unexpired term) – Charles Raleigh;
• Evarts City Council – Jacqueline Renfro; V.M. Shelly Shackleford; Charlie Couch; Larry Caudill; Kevin D. Couch;
• Harlan City Council – Grady K. Lee; Lakis Mavinidis; Bennie Patton Jr.; Jeanne Ann Lee; Croley Forester; Gail Murray; Anne Hensley; Eric Perry;
• Loyall City Council – Elvin Smith; Charles W. Lovely; Trenna C. Cornett; Anne McFarland; David Clay Lewis; William Clark Bailey;
The Kentucky Secretary of State’s website shows the following candidates have filed to run for District Judge in the 26th District:
• Jonathan C. Lee; Scott Lisenbee; Danny R. Lunsford.
The Kentucky Secretary of State’s website shows the following candidates seeking office in the November General Election:
• U.S. Representative 5th District – Harold “Hal” Rogers (Republican)
• Kentucky State Senator 29th District – Johnny Ray Turner (Democrat)
• Kentucky State Representative 84th District – Fitz Steele (Democrat); Chris Fugate (Republican)
• Kentucky State Representative 87th District – Rick Nelson (Democrat); Chad Shannon (Republican).
For more information on absentee ballots or the general election, contact the Harlan County Clerk’s Office at 606-573-3636.
Reach Joe P. Asher at 606-909-4132 or on Twitter @joe_hde