Federal Judge William Conley has issued an order related to absentee ballots for the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary. The Court ordered the following:
1) The deadline for the receipt of absentee ballots is extended to 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 13, 2020. The Court specifically did not add a requirement for a postmarked-by deadline as long as the ballot is returned by the new deadline.
2) The deadline for receipt of absentee ballot requests by mail, fax or email is extended to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 3, 2020.
3) A witness signature on the absentee ballot certificate envelope is not required if the absentee voter provides a written affirmation or other statement that they were unable to safely obtain a witness certification despite reasonable attempts to do so, provided the ballot is otherwise valid.
The Village of Howard has three drop boxes available 24/7 outside of Village Hall. Residents are encouraged to either mail their absentee ballots as soon as possible or hand deliver them to one of the drop boxes by 8 p.m. on Election Day.