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May 22, 2014

Courthouse still absentee voter spot

— If you need to cast an absentee ballot in the June 3 primary election, you can still do so at the Limestone County Courthouse despite workers moving furniture from offices there.

The 39th Judicial District offices are moving operations to various other locations downtown so the courthouse can be renovated.

Brad Curnutt, Limestone Circuit Court clerk and absentee election manager, said absentee voters may come to his office on the first floor of the courthouse at 200 W. Washington St. to apply for an absentee ballot and to place their ballot, if they choose. His office is open 8 a.m. to noon and 1 to 4:30 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

As an alternative, those who need to vote absentee may apply for a ballot online at http://www.votelimestone.com/voter-information/absentee-voting/.  The voter can either mail in his or her ballot application or hand-deliver it to the Limestone circuit clerk. The voter will then receive a ballot, which he or she can fill out and either mail back or hand deliver to the circuit clerk.

Deadlines

The absentee ballot application must be turned in no later than the fifth calendar day before the election.

The actual absentee ballot returned by mail must be postmarked no later than the day prior to the election and received by the absentee election manager no later than noon on Election Day. If hand-delivered, the ballot must be in the office of the absentee election manager by the close of business (but no later than 5 p.m.) on the day prior to the election.

For more information, call 256-233-6406.

Who can vote absentee?

Curnutt said any qualified elector of Limestone County may vote an absentee ballot, provided he or she meets one of the following criteria:

• Voter moved from Limestone County less than 30 days prior to the election;

• Voter will be absent from the county on Election Day;

• Voter is ill or has a physical disability that prevents a trip to the polling place;

• Voter lives outside the county, such as a member of the armed forces, a voter employed outside the United States, a college student, or a spouse or child of such a person;

• Voter is an appointed election worker or poll watcher at a polling place other than his or her regular polling place;

• Voter works a required shift — 10 hours or more — that coincides with polling hours.

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