Congratulations to the following Probate Court employee for her many years of service!

Kathy King 14 yrs

U. S. Senate Special Election
September 26, 2017

December 12, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Jennifer Hancock is our Probate Court Employee of the Month for September 2017!

Inactive Voter Information
To check the status of your voter registration, please follow the instructions found here.

We have received many inquiries about the number of voters listed as inactive even though they voted in a recent election. We have researched multiple inquiries and determined that the voters are listed as inactive because of the address verification program required by law.

As required every four years by state and federal law, in January of 2017 the Board of Registrars sent out a non-forwardable postcard to the last known address of the voter. If it was successfully delivered, no action was taken.

If it was returned as undeliverable, a second, forwardable notice was sent to the last known address. This second notice requires the voter to confirm his or her address. If the second notice was returned as undeliverable, or if the voter did not return the address confirmation card within 90 days of the second mail out, the voter's name was placed on the inactive list.

An inactive voter is still eligible to vote after filling out an update form at the polling place. At that point, a voter is considered "active." If a voter, after being deemed "inactive," does not vote in an election during the next two federal election cycles, the voter is subject to being removed from the voter registration list (after the name is published in the paper).

Crossover Voting
The legislature recently passed a new law to prevent crossover voting. If you vote in a particular party’s primary election, you may only vote in that same party’s run-off election. You are not allowed to “cross over” and vote in a different party’s run-off election. So once you choose which party’s primary to vote in, you are locked into that same choice for any potential run-off election that occurs.

For example, if you vote in the Democratic Primary Election, you may vote in the Democratic Primary Run-Off Election, if one occurs, but you are prohibited from voting in the Republican Primary Run-Off Election. Similarly, if you vote in the Republican Primary Election, you may vote in the Republican Primary Run-Off Election, if one occurs, but you are prohibited from voting in the Democratic Primary Run-Off Election.

Once the run-off election occurs, you are no longer locked into a particular party for voting purposes. When the next primary election occurs, you are free to vote in any party’s primary that you choose.

If you do not vote in the primary election, and a run-off occurs in either or both party’s primary elections, you are free to vote in either party’s run-off election, but not both run-off elections.

Also, this crossover voting law does NOT apply to a General Election. You are always free to vote for any candidate of any party on the ballot regardless of which party’s primary you voted in.

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Marriage Ceremony Notice
Please note that no marriage ceremonies are conducted at the Court. You must make other arrangements to get married once you have obtained your marriage license.

Court Comments
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