Information for voters and candidates for the upcoming elections

The school board and general elections are still a few months away, but the Cleburne County Clerk’s Office wants to make sure voters and candidates have everything in order to ensure a problem free election experience. 

School Board elections this year will take place September 20, with early voting beginning September 13.  Candidates running for a school board position can begin circulating petitions on June 12.  Petitions must be signed by twenty eligible voters in the school district and must be submitted to the Clerk’s office anytime from 12 p.m. on July 5 through 12 p.m. on July 12.  Any paperwork the potential candidate needs for filing will be provided by the Clerk’s office on request.  

The process for the School Board elections will most likely be pretty seamless for candidates this year, said Cleburne County Clerk Paul Muse. 

“The School Board election should be pretty easy,” said Muse.  “I think you’re going to see mostly incumbents running for re-election, so I don’t think we’ll have any problems there.” 

The General Election, which takes place November 8, isn’t far behind the School Board elections and will include not only the big national races, but also two Justice of the Peach races, two Constable races, and the race for Cleburne County Sheriff.  It will also include a number of municipal races around the county. 

Candidates interested in running for a municipal office have from 12 p.m. on July 29 to 12 p.m. on August 19 to file their paperwork. The Clerk’s Office will have all the necessary paperwork available for potential candidates.  

Early voting for the General Election will begin October 24. 

For voters, it is important to make sure your registration is current and valid.  

“We strongly encourage, if there is any doubt whatsoever whether you’re eligible to vote, call us,” said Muse. 

“If you’ve changed your name or your address or anything like from when they last voted, they need to call us and make sure,” said Deputy Clerk Brittney Hubble, whose primary focus is elections.  “If for some reason in our system they become removable, we can’t let them vote.” 

One issue of which voters may not be aware is lack of participation in general elections can remove the voter from the eligible rolls. 

“If you didn’t vote in the presidential election in 2012 or 2008, for whatever reason, you are not eligible to vote,” said Muse.  “If that’s the case, they’ll need to get in touch with us to get their registration renewed.  We had some people come to vote in the primaries and because they hadn’t voted in the last two general elections, they weren’t eligible to vote.” 

Voters must be registered at least 30 days before the election to be eligible to vote. 

Another way to check your registration is to visit voterview.ar-nova.org.  This service is provided by the Secretary of State’s Office and gives detailed information about your registration, including sample ballots that are specific to your ward or district.