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HANFORD — The Nov. 6 midterm election is less than four weeks away, but if you haven’t received your ballot in the mail, there’s no need to worry.

Kristine Lee, Kings County registrar of voters, said this is the first week counties are legally allowed to start sending out ballots through the mail. She said ballots are going out at the end of the week and people should start receiving their ballots beginning early next week.

Voters can fill out their ballots as soon as they get them and send them back any time up until Election Day.

Lee said there will also be 23 polling places open on Nov. 6 for the county’s 115 precincts.

As of Tuesday night, Lee said there were 51,761 registered voters in the county. The last day to register to vote in California is Oct. 22.

Lee said it’s difficult to estimate how many ballots are expected to be turned in, but in the last midterm general election in November 2014, Kings County had a 47 percent voter turnout out of the total 48,265 registered voters at the time.

Candidate Forum

The Hanford Chamber of Commerce is hosting a Hanford City Council Candidate Forum on Oct. 22 at the Hanford Civic Auditorium, 400 N. Douty St.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. and the forum will take place from 6-8 p.m.

The Chamber is encouraging the public to submit forum questions to the Chamber office, 113 Court St., Suite 104, no later than Oct. 17 via mail or email at

Each candidate will have a limited amount of time for an opening statement and closing statement. Candidates will be asked the same questions that have been provided by business owners and community members.

For more information, contact the Hanford Chamber of Commerce at 582-0483.

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