Letter to the Editor: Vote early at the courthouse

To the Editor:
As a tax paying citizen I would encourage all eligible voters to take advantage of their right and have their voice heard in this upcoming election. Legislation has been in place for a long time to allow for absentee voting for those who were unable to vote on election day. As we can see voting absentee has become the way!
I voted on day four of open voting at the Auditor’s Office and believe I was number 545! In addition to the increased workload on the office staff there is a financial cost as well. Postage alone is $2.59/ballot. This does not include the cost for the envelopes,  wages paid for staff to stuff the packets, apply the postage, label and mail. Nor does this include increased wages for the absentee board who will come in on election day to open, scan and report the results.
I encourage each of you to please consider voting and if you want to vote early to do this ‘in house’ at the Auditor’s Office of our courthouse.  Voting is open Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. and Saturdays October 25 and November 1 from 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. to accommodate early absentee voting.
Let’s do our part and keep the financial burden to us tax payers at a minimum.
Your vote does matter.

Kristi Hager