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Grace period for voter registration ends Tuesday

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Last Tuesday was the voter registration deadline for the Feb. 5 primary election. But, anyone who needs to register still has time to do so.

Fayette County Clerk and Recorder Terri D. Braun, the countys election official, said on Tuesday that a state grace period essentially extends the time allowed for voter registration.

However, Braun emphasized, those who register or the states grace period which began on Wednesday and runs through next Tuesday must cast their primary election votes in her office. Brauns office is on the first floor of the Fayette County Courthouse.

To be eligible to vote, a person must be a U.S. citizen, be 18 years old by election day and be a resident of the precinct for at least 30 days prior to the election.

According to the Illinois State Board of Elections, in 2006 the first year for extended registration 2,367 people registered during the grace period for the primary election. During the grace period for the November general election, 6,524 registered.

The Feb. 5 primary election ballot will include county officer and county board candidates.

Those on the ballot include two candidates for circuit clerk, Democrat Mary Sue Ruot and Republican Nona Beckman. The winner in November will succeed Democrat Marsha Wodtka, who is not seeking re-election.

Incumbent Republican Bruce Bowen and Democrat John Cearlock will compete in November for the post of county coroner.

The incumbent states attorney, Democrat Stephen Friedel, is currently unopposed.

County board candidates are as follows, with an asterisk (*) noting incumbents.

District 1 Democrat Jean Finley*. No Republican candidate at this time.

District 2 Democrats John C. Daniels Jr.* and Jon Phillips. No Republican candidate at this time.

District 3 Republican Stephen L. Knebel*, who currently serves as the board chairman. No Democratic candidate at this time.

District 4 Republicans Brian Kinney and Theodore Ted Miller. No Democratic candidate at this time. Incumbent Dan Barenfanger is not seeking re-election.

District 5 Republicans Pete Taylor and Keith Cole, and Democrat Robert E. Williams. Incumbent Lee Schaal is not seeking re-election.

District 6 Democrat Joe E. Kelly* and Republican Mont Caraway.

District 7 Republican Troy L. Pattillo, who was appointed to the board late last year to succeed Dean Black, and Green Party candidate Don Crawford. No Democratic candidate at this time.