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Facilities Master Plan Q&A Voting Process

AS A CONTINUANCE TO LAST WEEK’S ARTICLE, I HAVE INCLUDED ANOTHER SET OF QUESTIONS. MY INTENTION WITH THE ARTICLE IS TO ANSWER SOME FAQ AND KEEPING YOU AS THE PUBLIC INFORMED. THIS WILL ENABLE YOU AS A VOTER COMING TO THE POLLS ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 TO HAVE THE INFORMATION NECESSARY TO CAST YOUR BALLOT.

WHEN, WHERE AND WHAT TIME WILL THE POLLS BE OPEN?

THE ELECTION WILL TAKE PLACE IN FRONT OF THE HOLWELL AUDITORIUM ON TUESDAY, AUGUST 12 FROM 7:00 AM TO 7:00 PM.

WILL THE PROCESS TO VOTE TAKES AS LONG AT THIS ELECTION?

NO, THE PROCESS SHOULD BE MUCH QUICKER THIS TIME. AFTER THE VOTE IN NOVEMBER, THE DISTRICT CREATED A POLLING BOOK WITH THE NAMES AND ADDRESSES OF EVERYONE WHO VOTED NOVEMBER 5. THIS POLLING BOOK WILL SPEED UP THE PROCESS. AS LONG AS YOUR ADDRESS HASN’T CHANGED SINCE NOVEMBER 5, THOSE WHO VOTED WILL JUST NEED TO SHOW THEIR DRIVERS LICENSE AND THEIR NAME WILL BE CHECKED OFF. IF YOU WERE NOT ABLE TO VOTE LAST TIME, YOU WILL BE REQUIRED TO SHOW IDENTIFICATION AND THE CLERKS WILL HAVE TO WRITE DOWN YOUR NAME AND ADDRESS. THE IDENTIFICATION MUST INCLUDE THE INDIVIDUAL’S RESIDENT ADDRESS AND DATE OF BIRTH PER NORTH DAKOTA CENTURY CODE 16.1-05-07.

WHO CAN VOTE?

YOU MUST BE 18 YEARS OF AGE, A US CITIZEN AND A RESIDENT OF THE BOTTINEAU PUBLIC SCHOOL DISTRICT FOR 30 DAYS PRIOR TO THE ELECTION.

CAN I VOTE IF I OWN LAND OR A HOME IN THE BOTTINEAU DISTRICT?

THE ANSWER TO THIS IS BASED SOLELY ON WHERE YOU RESIDE. OWNING LAND OR A HOME IN THE DISTRICT DOES NOT MEAN YOU ARE ABLE TO VOTE. IF YOUR RESIDENCY IS NOT WITH THE BOTTINEAU SCHOOL DISTRICT, YOU CANNOT VOTE ON THIS BOND. I DO REALIZE THIS DECISION MAY AFFECT YOU, BUT THIS IS THE LAW. IF YOU HAVE QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS, PLEASE FEEL FREE TO CONTACT THE COUNTY AUDITORS OFFICE AND THEY WILL BE ABLE TO HELP YOU.

WHEN WILL ABSENTEE BALLOTS BE AVAILABLE?

ABSENTEE BALLOTS ARE AVAILABLE AT THE SCHOOL MONDAY THROUGH THURSDAY FROM 8:00 AM TO 4:00 PM. AN INDIVIDUAL IS REQUIRED TO SHOW THE PROPER IDENTIFICATION WHEN REQUESTING AN ABSENTEE BALLOT. AN INDIVIDUAL MAY ALSO REQUEST A BALLOT BE MAILED TO THEM. ANY ABSENTEE BALLOT MAILED MUST SHOW A POSTMARK OF AUGUST 11. ABSENTEE BALLOTS CAN BE COMPLETED FROM NOW UNTIL AUGUST 11.

THE NEXT PUBLIC FORUM IS SCHEDULED AT CENTRAL SCHOOL ON TUESDAY, JULY 15 AT 7:00 PM. I WOULD ENCOURAGE EVERYONE TO ATTEND. THANK YOU AND HAVE A SAFE AND ENJOYABLE 4TH OF JULY WEEKEND.