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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Election board holds open house; in-person absentee voting law changes Nov. 1

  • More than 80 people attended an open house of the newly relocated Pottawatomie County Election Board on Wednesday and also received information about elections, including how a new law Nov. 1 will change in-person absentee voting.
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  • More than 80 people attended an open house of the newly relocated Pottawatomie County Election Board on Wednesday and also received information about elections, including how a new law Nov. 1 will change in-person absentee voting.
    The Election Board has moved from the courthouse to its new location at 14101 Acme Road, which is inside the Pottawatomie County commissioners building.
    Election Board Secretary Diana Knight greeted visitors and several tours of the offices were given as visitors gathered in a conference room area that also will be used for in-person absentee voting. Absentee voting has typically been done on Fridays and Mondays before a Tuesday election, but with a new state law effective Nov. 1, that will change.
    Once the law becomes effective, in-person absentee voting will be held on the Thursday and Friday prior to every election, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. both days.
    When state and federal elections are being held, in-person absentee voting also will be held 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the Saturday prior to the election.
    Not having Monday voting will free up personnel on what is usually a busy day as precinct officials are there throughout the day to pick up equipment for a Tuesday election, Knight said.
    The next scheduled election will be Feb. 14, 2014, for the annual school board races.
    For more information about elections or the election board, call 273-8376.

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