The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 29, 2004


How to be an informed and efficient voter in twelve easy steps

• Notify the Town Clerk's office of any change in residence and register to vote at Town Hall by October 13 at 8 p.m.

• Make your decisions ahead of time: fill out the Mosquito's sample ballot or make a list to bring with you to the polls.

• If you cannot vote in Town Hall on November 2, obtain an absentee ballot from Town Hall and submit it to the Town Clerk's office no later than November 1 at noon.

• If you are a first-time voter, or if you have reason to believe your eligibility or registration is in question or incomplete, bring a picture I.D. with you to the polls.

• Try to arrange to carpool to the polls, or choose a less busy time during the day. Park in designated areas, or as far away as possible and walk.

• Do not wear campaign clothing or buttons, and do not carry any campaign materials with you into the polls. All campaign materials must be kept 150 feet away from the polling room.

• When you enter the polling place, face the entrance checker and announce in order: your street, your house number, and your name.

• After you receive your ballot, please do not talk to anyone until it is cast.

• Take your ballot and proceed directly to a voting cubicle. Mark the appropriate boxes with an "X."

• Proceed to the exit checker and state in order: your street, your house number, and your name.

• Cast your ballot in the box, where it will be wound in by the "town crank," and exit the polling room.

• If you are parked in the Town Hall lot, please exit quickly so that others may use the parking space.

Information for the 12 steps was provided by Town Clerk Charlene Hinton.

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