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Registration for Bismarck voters nears deadline

Bismarck voters have until Oct. 12 to register to vote

on a $2 million bond issue that will fund construction

of a new gymnasium and physical education facility.

Registering to vote may be done by presenting a photo

ID such as a driver’s license at either the county

clerk’s office or at city hall, some libraries, the

License Bureau or health department. A registration

card may also be requested by mail. A copy of one’s

photo ID will need to be presented either on election

day or with the mailed card.

The election is Nov. 8 and the polling places will be

Bismarck I, II and Iron Mountain Lake. Voters must

bring identification such as a driver’s license,

utility bill, or registration card. First-time voters

must present a picture ID such as a driver’s license.

The polls will open at 6 a.m. and continue until 7

p.m.

Those who cannot make it to a polling place in that

time frame may vote by using an absentee ballot. The

ballots are available by phone, mail or in person.

To call and request an absentee ballot, the number is

573-756-5411, ext. 5.

Officials with the county clerk’s office say about a

dozen absentee ballots have already been sent out,

seven of them to members of the military and the rest

to those on the disabled list.

In order to be counted in the election, the ballots

must be returned to the county clerk’s office —

located in downtown Farmington on the square at

Columbia and Washington — by 7 p.m. on election day.

Those planning to use the mail system should take into

account the extra time needed so that the ballot

arrives by the deadline.

Bismarck Schools is the only entity to have certified

an issue to the November ballot, and the election is

being handled a little differently as a result.

St. Francois County Clerk Mark Hedrick says he will

combine precincts for the election, which will help

reduce the costs of running it.

Washington County has about 65 voters in the Bismarck

School District. They will be voting at Bismarck I.

Doe Run voters will cast their ballot at Iron Mountain

Lake.

Frankclay voters will vote at Bismarck I.

“Bismarck I and II and Iron Mountain Lake are the

three largest precincts in the Bismarck School

District,” Hedrick said.

Bismarck officials say they have proposed building a

new gymnasium because of scheduling conflicts for the

district’s athletic teams and physical education

classes. The bond issue will construct a facility that

seats 1,100 people.

Right now, the district has one gymnasium that must

serve grades kindergarten through 12, and both boys

and girls sports teams.

“We have had some practices going at 9 o’clock at

night,” says Superintendent Damon Gamble. “It’s not a

desirable situation.”

The district’s last bond issue was for $500,000 in

2002. Air conditioning was added to the existing

gymnasium as well as new lights and new equipment.

Gamble says patrons of the district seem supportive of

the measure so far, which he added will not increase

taxes. The district will just continue the existing

debt levy to finance the bonds.

“People seem excited about it,” Gamble said. “We’ll

see if that’s what the patrons of Bismarck want, and

we’ll try to get it done if it is.”

Bismarck voters have until Oct. 12 to register to vote on a $2 million bond issue that will fund construction of a new gymnasium and physical education facility.

Registering to vote may be done by presenting a photo ID such as a driver’s license at either the county clerk’s office or at city hall, some libraries, the License Bureau or health department. A registration card may also be requested by mail. A copy of the voter’s photo ID will need to be presented either on election day or with the mailed card.

The election is Nov. 8 and the polling places will be Bismarck I, II and Iron Mountain Lake. Voters must bring identification such as a driver’s license, utility bill, or registration card. First-time voters must present a picture ID such as a driver’s license.

The polls will open at 6 a.m. and continue until 7 p.m. Those who cannot make it to a polling place in that time frame may vote by using an absentee ballot. The ballots are available by phone, mail or in person.

To call and request an absentee ballot, the number is 573-756-5411, ext. 5.

Officials with the county clerk’s office say about a dozen absentee ballots have already been sent out, seven of them to members of the military and the rest to those on the disabled list.

In order to be counted in the election, the ballots must be returned to the county clerk’s office – located in downtown Farmington on the square at Columbia and Washington – by 7 p.m. on election day.

Those planning to use the mail system should take into account the extra time needed so that the ballot arrives by the deadline.

Bismarck Schools is the only entity to have certified an issue to the November ballot, and the election is being handled a little differently as a result.

St. Francois County Clerk Mark Hedrick says he will combine precincts for the election, which will help reduce the costs of running it.

Washington County has about 65 voters in the Bismarck School District. They will be voting at Bismarck I.

Doe Run voters will cast their ballot at Iron Mountain Lake.

Frankclay voters will vote at Bismarck I.

“Bismarck I and II and Iron Mountain Lake are the three largest precincts in the Bismarck School District,” Hedrick said.

Bismarck officials say they have proposed building a new gymnasium because of scheduling conflicts for the district’s athletic teams and physical education classes. The bond issue will construct a facility that seats 1,100 people.

Right now, the district has one gymnasium that must serve grades kindergarten through 12, and both boys and girls sports teams.

“We have had some practices going at 9 o’clock at night,” says Superintendent Damon Gamble. “It’s not a desirable situation.”

The district’s last bond issue was for $500,000 in 2002. Air conditioning was added to the existing gymnasium as well as new lights and new equipment.

Gamble says patrons of the district seem supportive of the measure so far, which he added will not increase taxes. The district will just continue the existing debt levy to finance the bonds.

“People seem excited about it,” Gamble said. “We’ll see if that’s what the patrons of Bismarck want, and we’ll try to get it done if it is.”

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