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Candidate's Signatures Can Come from Voters Anywhere in District
February 30, 2008 - Persons wanting to run for a seat on the Charles A. Beard School Board in the May 6 election are not, it turns out, restricted to their own townships when collecting signatures for their petitions of nomination.
Nancy Marcum, Henry County's deputy clerk in charge of voter registration, had initially told The Banner that signatures of registered voters who live outside the candidates' townships of residence would not count toward the number needed on petitions of nomination. Following publication of this information in last week's Banner, however, Marcum confirmed she had since learned it was incorrect.
Although the CAB School Board's seven seats are divided up among the three townships in the school district - Wayne Twp. (3); Greensboro Twp. (2); and Ripley Twp. (Rush Co.)(2) - all voters in the school district are able to vote for all candidates in the May election. Marcum said a state election official told her that, under those circumstances, candidates are not restricted to their own townships when gathering signatures on their petitions of nomination - they can come from registered voters living anywhere in the CAB district.
Of the four CAB School Board seats up for election, two represent Wayne Township and there is one each from Greensboro and Ripley townships. These seats are currently held by Board President Mike Fruth (Ripley), Debi Ware (Greensboro), Leah Kopp (Wayne) and Larry Selvidge (Wayne).
Persons interested in running for any of these four seats have until noon on February 22 to file a petition of nomination with the Clerk of the Henry Circuit Court. State law requires the petitions to be signed by the number of voters equal to two percent of the total vote cast at the last election for secretary of state in the election district that the candidate seeks to represent. Marcum said CAB School Board candidates need at least 10 signatures.
As of Tuesday morning, two people had filed petitions of nomination for the May election: Greensboro Township incumbent Ware, and Wayne Township challenger Mark Fort. For more information about becoming a school board candidate, contact Marcum at (765) 529-9310.
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