The 2016 Presidential Election has already earned its spot among the national media fixtures as candidates attempt to separate themselves from their peers, while they prep for primary elections.
United States’ voters have not yet chosen who they would like to represent the nation’s two major political parties battling for the coveted oval office spot, but area voters need not fear their candidate choices are nearly officially established.
The deadline for write-in candidates to file with the Richland County Board of elections was Aug. 24. , and the board is then set to officially certify write-in nominations on Sept. 8.
Area races have a much clearer picture following the write-in filing process. Butler residents can now make a definite selection to fill the vacant mayoral office following current Mayor Kevin Carr’s decision not to run.
According to the Richland County Board of Elections, Butler resident Kenneth L. Kinley has filed to run for the office.
Additionally, the race for positions on Clear Fork’s Board of Education has also filled out. According to the board, Dan Freund, Carl Gonzalez Nick Kuelling and Ron Salkovick have all declared their intent to run as a write-in candidate for two vacant positions.
The process for electing write-in candidates is slightly different than electing individuals who filed to run at the Aug. 5 deadline.
Richland County Board of Elections Director Paulette Hankins reminds voters that, “Write-ins will not appear on the ballot. A designation of the text write-in will appear in the candidate race for which a certified write-in candidate has filed. Once the voter selects the write-in text, a key pad will appear on which the voter has to key in the write-in candidate’s name.”
Polls open Nov. 3 from 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m
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