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Deadline is today to file for Nov. election
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
Candidates who hope to get on the November ballot must file by 7 p.m. today, according to Elizabeth Stone, Henry County Registrar.
As of Monday afternoon, candidates had filed in all the posts except one — the Collinsville District seat on the Henry County School Board.
“There’s so many good people in Collinsville. I wish someone would circulate petitions right quick and get in here with them,” Stone said Monday.
Months ago, incumbent Kathy Rogers announced that she would not seek the post again.
So far, neither is anyone else, Stone said.
And, since petitions and other filing forms can be obtained from the State Board of Elections website, “we don’t know who may be out there working on their petitions, if anyone is.” Stone said. “I just hope that someone is going to come in here with their petitions and filing forms before the deadline,” she added.
But that deadline is looming, according to Stone.
If no one files for the post, “then we do the dreaded write-in votes and the person that gets the most write-in votes wins the seat,” Stone said.
“The electoral board would have to go through” the ballots “and pick out those” from registered voters in the Collinsville District, she said. Only write-in ballots from voters in the Collinsville District would be counted.
“Then, whoever gets the most votes” is declared the winner — providing “it is a real person,” Stone said.
Any votes cast for Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, Elvis and the like are not counted, Stone said.
“And we do get write-in votes for Santa Claus” and others, she said, laughing.
Stone said she does not recall any county post being filed in that manner during her tenure, but “it did happen a few years ago in a Town of Ridgeway election when they didn’t have enough candidates” for the number of open seats.
Then, “the one who got the most write-in votes was elected,” she said.