Registration deadline nears for August primary

The deadline to be a registered voter and eligible to vote in the Aug. 7 primary election is Wednesday, July 11.

New residents to the county or first-time registrants must file their voter registration application by this deadline. Voter registration may be completed in the county clerk's office during the hours of 8 a.m-noon and 12:30-4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Registered voters who have moved within the county need to update and keep their address current with the county clerk.

Absentee ballots for the primary are available beginning June 26. Registered voters who will not be able to go to their polling place on Election Day may vote with absentee ballots.

Voters who may be out of the county on Election Day, or voters who are confined due to illness or physical disability, can request absentee ballots in person in the office of the county clerk, or send a letter requesting to vote an absentee ballot, stating the voters name and address, the reason for the request, the party ballot they wish to vote, and state the address where the ballot should be mailed.

The primary election has five types of ballots: the Democrat, Republican, Libertarian, Constitution and non-partisan ballot, which is Constitutional Amendment 2 only.

Voters applying for absentee ballot by mail must have their request filed with the county clerk no later than Wednesday, Aug. 1. Voters can vote absentee in the office of the county clerk until 5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 6, during normal business hours . The county clerk's office also will be open 8 a.m.-noon Saturday, Aug. 4, for absentee voting.

Anyone needing additional information about the primary, voter registration questions or absentee voting information, may call Anita Groepper, county clerk, at 573-796-4661.

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