Noon this Saturday, Oct. 31, is the deadline to cast an absentee ballot for the Nov. 3 general election.

Union County Circuit Clerk Phyllis Stanford will have her office open from 8 a.m. until noon Saturday for the convenience of qualified absentee voters who are unable to cast ballots during regular weekly office hours.

In the case of absentee ballots that are mailed in, they must be received by Stanford’s office no later than 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 2, the day before the election.

Absentee ballots are available to those who will be away from their home precincts the entire election day, or who will physically be unable to vote in person Nov. 3.

Polls will be open at all 20 county precincts from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, for the general election.

Stanford said she has been receiving questions about a run-off following this election.

Since this is a general election and not a party primary, whoever receives the most votes in a race wins. People apparently are confused because some of the races still have three candidates, which historically has rarely been the case. Until the past 15 or 20 years, most candidates ran as Democrats so there were few Republican or third-party names on a ballot. With only, or mostly, one party represented, the effective result of a race was determined in the party primary or run-off with the general election only being a formality.

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