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Thousands of mail-in, absentee ballots received

Times Observer photo by Brian Ferry Warren County Election Assistants (left) Priscilla Powley and Jan Moore sort though some of the hundreds of mail-in and absentee ballots received at Warren County Courthouse on Monday.

The Warren County Elections Office has received thousands of mail-in and absentee ballots with more coming every day.

Elections Director Lisa Rivett said election assistants were sorting the mail into several categories.

Mail-in ballots were separated from absentee ballots.

Ballots returned without the voter’s affirmation completely filled out and ballots sent to voters but returned as undeliverable are sent to Rivett.

The assistants are not opening any ballots.

Ballots must be returned to Rivett’s office. Unlike registration applications and applications for mail-in ballots, postmarks are acceptable. Those that are postmarked by 8 p.m. Election Day — Tuesday, Nov. 3 — and delivered by 5 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 will be counted.

The deadline to register to vote in November has passed.

Registered voters may still apply to vote by mail. Applications must be in Rivett’s office by close of business on Tuesday, Oct. 27. Postmarks are not applicable.

Those who apply in person can finish the whole process in one step — applying, receiving a ballot, and voting — without leaving the office, if they wish.

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