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NOTES FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

During the past couple of months, I have submitted articles to answer frequently asked questions pertaining to the bond to fund an addition to the current 3-12 school building.  This addition would place the PK-12 students in one location.  The purpose of these articles was to keep the public informed of the relevance of this project to the students of the district and the community.  My intention was to provide voters with the background information they need to make an informed decision when they go to the polls on Tuesday, August 12.  In my final article, I will answer pertinent questions specific to the election.

When, where and what time will the polls open?

The election will take place in front of the Holwell Auditorium (Door 2) on Tuesday, August 12 from 7:00 am to 7:00 pm.

Will the process to vote take as long during this election?

No, the process should be much quicker this time.  After the election in November 2013, the district created a polling book with the names and addresses of everyone who voted.  This polling book will speed up the process.  As long as a voter’s address hasn’t changed since November 2013, those who voted will simply need to show their driver’s license and their name will be checked off.  Those who did not vote during the November 2014 election will be required to show identification and the clerks will have to record their 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?

An eligible voter 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 School District?

The answer is bases solely on where one resides.  Owning land or a home in the Bottineau School District does not necessarily qualify someone to vote.  If a person’s residency is not within the Bottineau School District, he/she cannot vote on this bond.  Questions about residency and voter eligibility can be answered by contacting the Bottineau County Auditor’s office.

Are absentee ballots available?

Absentee ballots are available at the High School office on 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 must show a postmark no later than August 11.  Absentee ballots may be completed until Monday, August 11.

How can I get additional information about the upcoming bond election?

Public forums were held on June 23 and July 15.  The PowerPoint slides and video streamed presentations can be found on the school website.  An informational flyer can also be found on the website.  Simply go to www.bottineau.k12.nd.us and click on the Facilities Master Plan Information located under the quick links tab on the right hand side of the website.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage residents of the Bottineau Public School District to vote on August 12.  I would also like to thank everyone for taking the time to read the articles during the past two months.  Again, my intent was to provide voters with the background information they need to make an informed decision when they go to the polls on Tuesday, August 12.