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Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Canyon County Deciders Want Your Opinion

CALDWELL - The results of the public opinion ballot used to help educate the public about Canyon County's new ballot style, which was voted at the Canyon County Fair, are now available at Rather than the familiar punch card, voters in the Nov. 4 General Election will use a pen to darken an oval corresponding to the selection of their choice. The public opinion ballots are in this new style.

The Elections Office has a number of ballots remaining and Canyon County residents who did not vote at the fair are invited to the Elections Office at 1102 E. Chicago in Caldwell, to express their opinion on a number of current Canyon County issues. The ballots will be available through Sept. 12.

This is a non-binding opinion ballot that will be reviewed by County Elected Officials and Department Heads. Interested residents may also call the Elections Office at 454-7562 to request a public opinion ballot be mailed to them. The voter must pay return postage.

It is important to note that for an official election such as the upcoming General Election, absentee ballots cannot be requested by phone. In an official election the requestor's signature must be compared against the signature on his or her registration form. In an actual election, voters may request an absentee ballot on plain paper, submit a completed absentee ballot request obtained from, or request an Absentee Ballot Request from the county elections office by phone at 454-7562.

Requests for an absentee ballot in an official election may be submitted on plain paper but must include the voter's name, Canyon County residence, address the absentee ballot is to be mailed (if different from county residence) and signature. All unsigned requests, whether on plain paper or official request forms, will be returned unfulfilled.

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