OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley said local voters who are interested in seeing a Nov. 2 General Election ballot before the day of the election can come to his office on the first floor of the courthouse at Alton to get a sample ballot. He said sample ballots will also be printed in The South Missourian News Oct. 21 and 28.
Voter registration ended in the county Oct. 6. Hensley said as of the Aug. 2 primary, there were 7,011 registered voters in the county. Between the time of that election and Oct. 6, 92 more voters registered. Active voters are those who have completed the registration process and had their voter registration card mailed to them. Voters whose registration cards are undeliverable are considered inactive voters.
Absentee voting began in the county Sept. 13 when the first absentee ballots were mailed out of the clerk's office. Hensley said his office will receive absentee ballots through the mail until Oct. 27 at close of business. Voters wishing to vote early may do so in his office through Nov. 1 at 5 p.m. He said his office will be open the last Saturday before the election, Oct. 30, from 8 a.m. to noon to accommodate voters who cannot make it to vote during the normal work week.
The county clerk said his office is expecting a large voter turnout due to it being a presidential election year and the close state races on this year's ballot.
"We strongly remind voters to bring current identification with them when they come to their polling place Nov. 2," the county clerk said. He said the address on the identification must match the address on the voter registration information he has in his office.
The county clerk said the General Election ballot is different from the Primary Election ballot. "In Missouri when residents go to vote in the Primary Election they must declare what party they want to vote vote. For instance they will either receive a Republican, Democratic, Libertarian, Constitution or other party ballot. In the General Election voters will be able to cross over and vote for whatever candidate and party they prefer," Hensley said.
He said voters will have the opportunity in the Nov. 2 election to vote a straight ticket if they desire. "Those wishing to vote a straight party ticket will fill in the oval next to the name of the party or fill in the ovals next to the names of the candidates of one party," the county clerk said.
Hensley said the four parties in this year's election -- Republican, Democratic, Libertarian and Constitution -- will appear down the left hand side of the front of the ballot.