Next Wednesday, July 9, is the last day to register to vote in the Aug. 5 primary election.
Registration locations include the Franklin County Clerk’s Office, Missouri license bureaus as well as all city halls and libraries in the county, according to County Clerk Debbie Door.
People can also fill out a voter registration application online at the secretary of state’s website, http://www.sos.mo.gov/elections/goVoteMissouri/register.aspx.
The secretary of state’s office will mail the form to the office of the local election authority, which is Door’s office in Franklin County. As long as the application is postmarked by the deadline then the person will be registered.
People can also change their voter registration address online at the secretary of state’s website.
In addition, people can register through the mail by calling the county clerk’s office and requesting a voter registration application be mailed to them. Then the voter can fill it out and bring it back in person or mail it back. It has to be postmarked by the registration deadline for the person to vote in the next election.
However, people who register through the mail will be required to bring another form of identification to the polls, such as a drivers license or bank statement, since they will not get a voter registration or notification card until after they vote the first time. This extra form of ID is required for people who register to vote by mail since they do not make their signature in front of a witness.
People who are 17 1/2 can register, and they can vote if they are 18 the day of the election.
The county has about 68,000 registered voters, and about 61,000 of them are considered active registered voters. Voters are considered “inactive” if an address on them cannot be located.
Inactive voters are urged to send a letter to the county clerk’s office or fill out a change of address card prior to the election so they will not waste time at the polls updating their address.
Voters who will not be able to appear at their assigned polling place for the primary election, may vote by absentee ballot at the county clerk’s office, 400 E. Locust St., Room 201, Union, MO 63084.
Absentee voting can be done during normal business hours from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. to noon.
People can vote absentee for the following reasons: Absent from the county during voting hours; have an illness or disability, including caring for someone who is incapacitated due to an illness or disability; religious belief or practice; employment as an election authority or by an election authority at a location other than own polling place; and incarceration.
Absentee ballots will be mailed to voters upon written request. For more information contact the county clerk’s office at 636-583-6364.
Voters with a physical disability may be put on a list to have an absentee ballot application automatically mailed to them.
Those who would like to be put on the list should call the county clerk’s office.
The voter will remain on the disabled list until he or she requests removal so they won’t have to worry about coming into the polling place to vote.
Election Judges Needed
The clerk’s office would like people to know that more election judges are needed to assist at the polls.
If you would like to be an election judge, contact the county clerk’s office. You must be a registered voter and show up at the polls at 5 a.m. and work until 7 p.m.
Election judges verify that voters are eligible, pass out ballots and make sure voters know how to use the equipment. The pay ranges from $100 to $120, and the judges must go through training.
About 220 judges work each election. In the last election there were barely enough judges, Door said. There must be an equal number of Republican and Democrat judges at each polling place, she added.