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Absentee ballot deadline is approaching

The clock is ticking toward the deadline for applications for absentee ballots to be accepted for the Nov. 3 general election.

Jamie Scarbrough, absentee election manager, Pike County Circuit Clerks Office, said the deadline to apply for an absentee ballot for the election is on the close of business Thursday, October 29.

Scarbrough said any qualified elector may vote an absentee ballot by U.S. mail or in person at the absentee election manager’s office, if he or she makes application, in writing, and meets one of several requirements, including being out of the county or state on Election Day, having a physical illness or infirmity that would prevent attendance at the polls, working a shift that coincides with poll hours, an enrolled student at an educational institution out of county and others.

However, Scarbrough said, due to the declared state of emergency, any qualified voter who determines it is impossible or unreasonable to vote at their polling place can be eligible to check the box on the absentee ballot application that is most applicable to the individual.

In case none of the boxes are appropriate, Scarbrough said voters can check the second box on the application that reads: I have a physical illness or infirmity which prevents my attendance at the polls. An ID will be required.

Scarbrough said the last day an absentee ballot may be hand delivered by the voter is Monday, Nov. 2 and mailed ballots must be postmarked no later than Nov. 2. The last day an Absentee Election Manager may receive a voted ballot by U.S. mail or commercial carrier is noon on Nov 3.