Published On: Thu, Sep 21st, 2017

Ballots on bond election are mailed out

RANDOLPH — Cedar County Election Commissioner Dave Dowling mailed ballots out last week for the Randolph bond issue.
City leaders are asking voters to approve a $4.8 million project. This is 35 percent of the total cost of the city’s share of this project.
Randolph Economic Development Coordinator Gary Van Meter said it’s important to remember approximately half of that $4.8 million amount is being partnered with the Lower Elkhorn NRD, and Cedar and Pierce counties.  That makes Randolph’s share portion closer to $2.4 million or about 17 percent of the total project cost of $14.395 million.  “However, the ballot must state the entire $4.8 million amount,” Van Meter said.
An all-mail ballot is the most affordable way to vote in a special election, Dowling said. The mail ballot should save taxpayers about $1,000, he said.
It does involve a little work on the voter’s part, however.
The voter knows right away when the ballot arrives in the mail for voting on the bond issue — it’s big.
Inside the big envelope are two items: the ballot itself and another envelope to mail the ballot.  Again, both are big.
There are instructions on both the ballot and the envelope.
The envelope is as important as the ballot, itself, Van Meter said.
Failure to complete and sign the back of the envelope could result in the voter’s ballot not being counted.  This means several things:
• One should not hand in the ballot to anyone without the envelope.
• One should not put multiple ballots inside one envelope to save postage.
• One should sign and print the voter’s name on the back of the envelope. There is no need, however, to identify party affiliation. Voters can simply write N/A in the blank where asked.
• Circle “Special” election and the date is Oct. 3, 2017.
Either pen or pencil can be used to mark the ballot
* One may give a completed ballot to a friend for delivery to the courthouse, if desired.
Ballots must be in the possession of the Cedar County Clerk’s office by 5 p.m., Oct. 3, to be counted.
The most often asked question is, “Why does the voter have to pay the postage to mail in the ballot?”
The answer is: “Because it’s the law.”  However one can avoid postage by delivering the ballot to the Cedar County Clerk’s office in the Hartington courthouse no later than 5 p.m., Oct. 3.
For anyone that is not yet registered to vote, the last day to register to vote to be eligible to vote in the Special Election is Friday, Sept. 22, at the close of the business day.