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Pa00e 8 Community Thursday, August 5, 2010 , MN JEFF MERGEN Stearns County District 3 Commissioner rCast your vote August lOth for Sheriff Jeff Norlin • A Proven Leader • Experienced • Advancing Public Safety State primary election is Aug. 10 Polling place finder Not sure where you need to vote? It&apos;s easy to find out with Stearns County's latest interactive map. Randy Schreifels, Stearns County Auditor-Treasurer, an- nounced the release of an online map-based polling place finder. This program assists voters in finding out which precinct they live in and directs them to their polling place. All residents need to do is fill out their address informa- tion and the polling place finder will direct them to their polling place utilizing both a map and written directions. Voters will also be able to pre- view a ballot they'll be using on Election Day. To access the Stearns County Polling Place Finder, go to Stearns County's website at <http://maps. FlexPollingApp.html>. Call the Stearns County Audi- tor-Treasurer's office at (320) 656- 3920 with any questions. Primary election Aug. 10 The primary election is used to decide who will represent each party in the general election on Nov 2. To vote in either the pri- mary election or the general elec- tion, a voter must be registered. You can either register ahead of time or at the polls with proper ID. For any further questions go to < aspx?page=134>. WATKINS FIRE DEPARTMENT  FRIDAY EVENTS F RI DAY-SATU RDAY .00mmmmlsm00,00 " " -SlNBtlRIIHIWI Food & refreshment stands SATORDAY EVENTS open Saturday from lOam to ! in -8rTmiM .aty Park- Starting at 9".30 am • Mixed Doubles - 100 Payback - I'lali:U -FIliilU /er parade donated by the Lions FIREMAN'S WATERB00L FIGHT 8 classes, ages 4-11,3.-51m SPONSORED BYTHE LIONS & LIONESS CLUBS • IBIIH41UBBRgff Beer Stand. Tourney  immediately.aer l'ade • llllgll eNI SMW llZ-rdql • IJW IIIISlC "IRON HORSE" at City - 9pro- lain fmmmma cey Park • SltBT wcnml rill.. 14Xlg MIIIle BEtll IIIBMBMI (MmtSONLY) t i t , tl for Eric Stearns County Commissioner- District 3 i ",J tt IL .1  1 M IN XV I [l)'ll Kfl [ i [1;I][I] Rnd your polling location at Pa {or b: Eric Leor for Comrcr, tor Commit for John Candidates for offices Candidates running for U.S. Repre- sentative District 6: Bob Anderson, Independent party Candidate Michele Bachmann, Republican party candidate Tarryl Clark, DFL party candidate Candidates running for Governor and Lt. Governor: Tom Homer and James A. Mulder, Independent party candidate Primary less than "The upcoming primary is right around the corner," Mark Ritchie said. "If you still want to partici- pate but will be unable to make it to the polls Aug. 10, vote absentee." State law allows eligible Minne- sota voters to vote absentee either by mail or in person for one of the following reasons: • Absence from the precinct (away from home) • Illness or disability • Serving as an election judge in another precinct • Religious discipline To vote absentee in person, vot- ers may visit their county audi- tor's office during regular business hours Monday-Friday until Aug. 6, between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Satur- day, Aug. 7; or up until 5 p.m. Aug. 9. In-person absentee voting may be offered at many municipal clerk offices as well. If you are not reg- istered to vote, an election official will provide you a voter registration form to complete along with your absentee ballot materials. To suc- cessfully register, voters must show proof of residence. Visit <www.sos.>, for more information about proof of residence options. Voters may also choose to vote absentee by mail. Visit the secre- tary of state's Web site to download and print an absentee ballot appli- cation, or contact your county auditor or municipal clerk directly to obtain one. Upon receipt of your application, election officials will send you a ballot by mail to com- plete. Remember that ballots must be returned on or before Aug. 10 to be counted for the primary. Secretary Ritchie urged Min- nesotans to join him in helping to remind our neighbors, friends, or loved ones who may be serving in the military and overseas about the earlier primary date. The office developed a special one-stop- shop Web site <https:llminnesota% Rob Hahn and Thomas J. Harens, Independent party candidate Tom Emmer and Annette 1". Meeks, Republican party candidate Margaret Anderson Kelliher and John Gunyou, DFL party candi- date Matt Entenza and Robyne Robin- son, DFL party candidate Mark Dayton andYvonne Pretmer Solon, DFL party candidate a week away>, for active-duty military personnel, their dependents, and Minneso- tans overseas to assist these voters in requesting their absentee bal- lots. These voters may request that their absentee ballot be e-mailed to them to reduce the transit time, but still must return their paper ballot by mail so that it arrives on or before election day. "Even if you have voted absen- tee for years, pay special attention to the instructions when complet- ing your absentee ballot materials this year," Ritchie said. Recent court rulings now require that election officials reject an absentee ballot if the form on the envelope is not com- pleted entirely. There are differ- ent requirements for military and overseas voters as well as vot- ers who are not already regis- tered at their current address. Domestic absentee voters who are already registered must provide the following information on their absentee ballot envelopes. • Voter signature and date • Witness name • Witness residential address (do not use a EO. Box) • Witness title if the witness is an official or notary • Notary stamp if the witness is a notary • Witness signature Election officials will mail new ballots to voters if a problem is discovered more than five days before the election. If the problem is found less than five days from the primary, election officials will try to notify the voter by phone or e-mail. The office has produced several informative brochures to guide Minnesotans on voting. Visit <>, for more information on voting and regis- tration.