Students (or anyone for that matter over age 18) that will not be in Cullman on Election Day, August 23rd, have been heading to City Hall to cast their absentee ballots. – Kylie Witcher Leads Under 25 Voters Use Of Absentee Ballots
Kylie Witcher Leads Under 25 Voters Use Of Absentee Ballots
KYLIE WITCHER LEADS UNDER 25 VOTING BLOCK; CASTS HER ABSENTEE BALLOT BEFORE DEPARTING FOR FIRST YEAR AT AUBURN
Many Cullman native students will be leaving for their perspective colleges and universities this week. They are Cullman-raised and Cullman-proud.
They are leaving behind many things – their families, their homes, their routines, and their friends. Of all the things they are having to leave behind, MANY are choosing NOT to leave behind their responsibility of voting. They love Cullman and since they are now of the voting age, they want their voices heard in matters concerning their great city.
Students (or anyone for that matter over age 18) that will not be in Cullman on Election Day, August 23rd, have been heading to City Hall to cast their absentee ballots. They are voting for Mayor, a City Council position, and School Board seats.
Kylie Witcher is one of those students that has already cast her ballot; she is the subject of the accompanying interview.
Joey Orr, candidate for City School Board Place 1, knows how important the voices of these students can be in the upcoming election. She has been hard at work contacting students through phone calls, texts and through social media encouraging them to cast an absentee ballot before heading off to school:
“My husband and I have both worked with students in our church and professional lives. We have the privilege of knowing many of these young ladies and men from Cullman. They love their hometown and their alma mater. They may have already graduated from Cullman City Schools, but they have a vested interested in it remaining the GREAT school system that it is and in seeing it rise to the next level. Their voice needs to be heard.”
Wesley Moore, the Cullman City Clerk and de facto center of the Cullman City election universe instructed us today that voters who cannot make it to their polling place in-person on August 23rd – for whatever reason – can visit City Hall and vote through an ‘Absentee Ballot’.
Moore walked us through the process. It is extremely easy and only requires the filling out of a simple form, and of course, an actual ballot. Absentee ballots are kept in a secret and locked steel box until election night:
“We’ve have right at two dozen absentee ballots cast so far. They range from Miss Witcher all the way up to one voter who will be 100 years old in November. I expect to see many more absentee ballots come in before the Thursday, August 18th deadline.”
You can cast your absentee votes anytime during business hours at Cullman City Hall. Or, you can also request a ballot be sent to you via ground mail (using this method, you must return it to City Hall on or before the August 18th deadline).
If you know you will not be in town to vote on election day, Tuesday, August 23rd, absentee ballots are now available at City Hall during regular office hours.
In this interview, Auburn-bound Kylie Witcher takes a moment out of her busy, pre-college departure schedule to speak with us. She makes a compelling case for voters under the age of 25 (and frankly, any age) to exercise their right to vote … whether that is in a local Cullman polling place, or ahead of time via Absentee ballot: