Candidates can begin filing for 2006 Primary Election on January 18th

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Switzerland County Clerk of Courts Ginger Peters has announced that residents wanting to participate in the 2006 Primary Election in Switzerland County may begin signing up on Wednesday, January 18th, in the clerk’s office.

Candidates wanting to participate in the Primary Election have until noon on Friday, February 17th to file.

Headlining the offices up for election this year is County Sheriff, where Democrat Nathan Hughes currently serves.

County offices up for election include County Auditor, an office currently held by Republican Janice Ramsey; County Assessor, where Democrat Joan Armstrong currently serves; and County Clerk of Courts, an office currently held by Ginger Holdcroft Peters.

The County Commissioner’s seat in the third district is up for election. That seat is currently held by Republican K.C. Banta. For the County Council, the election of 2006 sees the four seats up for election that represent each of the county’s four Districts.

Currently holding those seats are: first district: Democrat Kenny Griffin; second district: Democrat Mike Jones; third district: Republican Terry Hall; and fourth district: Democrat Don Covington.

The county council’s three at-large members are elected during off years of the four district councilmen.

Trustee offices up for election this year include: Cotton Township, where Democrat Barbara Bowling serves; Craig Township, where Democrat Tony Jackson serves; Jefferson Township, where Democrat Barbara Ray serves; Pleasant Township, where Democrat Carolyn Griffin serves; Posey Township, where Republican Bob Jackman serves; and York Township, where Republican Kip Hatton serves.

Advisory boards for all of the Township Trustees will also be elected in 2006.

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Ginger Peters also said that there are some changes in the county for this year.

Voters in Craig I precinct will now vote at the Switzerland County 4-H Community Building.

One big change is that those who want to vote will be required to show a photo ID that has been issued by the U.S. Government before being allowed to vote. These IDs include a driver’s license; a passport; or a military ID.

Those having questions about this policy should contact the clerk’s office at 427-3175.

Applications for those wanting to vote by absentee ballot will begin on February 1st; and those wanting to register to vote should contact the clerk’s office.

Voter registration will end on Monday, April 3rd.

“Anyone who has moved or changed their name needs to come into the clerk’s office and update their registration,” Clerk Peters said.