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Date of Issue: September 24, 2008

Voter registration closes Oct. 6

Voter registration is open for the Nov. 4 election until 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 6.

To be eligible to vote in Manatee County, a person must be a U.S. citizen, a Florida resident, 18 years of age, and not have a record of a felony conviction in the state or currently considered mentally incapacitated.

Registering to vote can be simple - potential voters complete applications available at most government offices, banks, libraries, chambers and some businesses, including The Islander, 5404 Marina Drive, Holmes Beach.

Applications can also be downloaded at www.votemanatee.com, the Manatee County Supervisor of Elections Web site.

The applications are then mailed or delivered to the Supervisor of Elections Office, Suite 108, 600 301 Blvd. W., Bradenton.

The application process takes about two weeks.

The elections office also is taking requests for absentee ballots, which must be made by 5 p.m. Oct. 29.

For more information about voting absentee, call the supervisor’s office at 941-741-3823.