Editor, Times-Union:

In early September, I wrote a letter to the editor with this statement: “If an individual selects ‘straight ticket’ (or straight party voting) at the voting machine, votes will be cast entirely and solely for the party’s slate of candidates. If voters cast their votes in that manner and walk away from the voting machine, that is correct. There is no option to select individual candidates.”

I went on to say this process “will not allow a voter to cast their vote for individual candidates running outside of the selected party.” That is incorrect. If a voter’s goal is to vote both straight party and vote for individual candidates, it can be accomplished. It does take more time, effort and careful selection. A voter with this mindset is able to override a specific candidate(s) and vote for an individual Republican, Democrat, Libertarian or Independent. To achieve this, a voter will need to navigate through the “pages,” deselect the automatically cast party vote(s), and then select the button for the candidate(s)/party of their choice. All of the original straight party votes will remain and the individual selection(s) made to the particular office(s) will remain as well. It is a possibility.

Please note a straight party vote does not cast a vote for at-large races, such as township board and town council.

If you have any voting process questions on the 8th of November, be sure to ask the voting center poll workers for assistance or talk to the Clerk’s Office in advance of the general election.

Early voting is available at the:

• North Webster Community Center (301 N. Main St., North Webster), Saturday, Oct. 29 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday, Nov. 5 from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

• Kosciusko County Justice Building (121 N. Lake St., first floor, Warsaw), Wednesday, Oct. 12 until Friday, Nov. 4 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Saturday, Oct. 29, 8 a.m. to 4p.m.; Saturday, Nov. 5, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Monday, Nov. 7, 8 a.m. to noon.

The accuracy of the above information was reviewed by the Kosciusko County Clerk’s Office.

The voting process can be accomplished by voting for individual candidates, strictly party line voting, or straight ticket with “override revisions.” Regardless of your preference, take advantage of your right to vote.

Beth Lamb

Milford, via email