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County clerk updates candidates, propositions on April ballot


As the upcoming April election nears, candidates have declared their candidacy and are hitting the campaign trail.

An initial list of candidates and ballot issues for various Tuesday, April 5, elections across Polk County ran in the Wednesday, Feb. 9, issue of the BH-FP. 

Polk County Clerk Rachel Lightfoot provided the BH-FP with updates to the official candidates list Tuesday evening, Feb. 8, after the newspaper went to press. 

Five candidates have filed for two 2-year alderman-at-large positions with the City of Fair Play. 

Those candidates include Dewey M. Rumfelt, Jim Skopec, Steven L. Bruce, William E. Skipper Jr. and Ethan Grotheer, per Lightfoot.

Voters in Flemington will decide on one proposition. The village is asking for authorization to forgo annual elections if the number of candidates who have filed for a particular office is equal to the number of positions in the office to be filled by the election.

Also, Lightfoot said six candidates — Hayle Wendleton Watts, Stacy Foley, Elle Biron, Austin James Weaver, Sarah Elizabeth Witham and Shawn Baker — are vying for two 3-year seats on the Humansville R-4 school district school board. 

According to Anna Nold, administrative assistant with the Pleasant Hope R-6 school district, two seats on the school board are up for election this April. Cassandra Davis, Rodney Valda Lee, Donal J. Pulley, Cariel Margret Grove, Debra R. Agee and Jeffrey K. Putman filed.

Absentee ballots

According to Lightfoot, the absentee ballots for the April general and municipal election will be ready for voting on Tuesday, Feb. 22.  

The Polk County Clerk’s office will be open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and open through the lunch hour for absentee voting, she said.   

Those casting a ballot by mail must make sure their written and signed request states the reason for voting absentee and an address to which the ballot should be mailed. Those requesting ballots by mail must make sure their written request for a ballot arrives at the Polk County clerk’s office by 5 p.m. Wednesday, March 23, per Lightfoot.  

The deadline for casting an absentee ballot in person at the clerk’s office is 5 p.m. Monday, April 4, the day before the election, she said. 

The Polk County clerk’s office will also be open for absentee voting from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 2.

Lightfoot said the county’s permanently disabled list has been processed and will be mailed to those voters on Tuesday, Feb. 22. 

She said the last day to register to vote for the April election is Wednesday, March 9. 

Those with questions regarding registering or voting should contact the Polk County Clerk’s office at 417-326-4031.