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2008 Primary

Thursday, January 10, 2008

OREGON COUNTY -- Missouri will join 19 other states across the country Feb. 5 when they participate in the 2008 Presidential Primary.

This is the second presidential election where Missouri has had a voice on Super Tuesday. In 2000, the Missouri Legislature passed a law moving the primary from the first Tuesday in March to the first Tuesday in February in the state.

According to Ryan Hobart with the Missouri Secretary of State's Office in Jefferson City, only 13 percent of registered voters in Missouri participated in the presidential primary in 2004.

Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley said absentee voting is already underway for the Feb. 5 primary.

"Jan. 10 was the deadline for residents in the county to register to vote in the upcoming primary," Hensley said.

He said voters have until Feb. 4 at 5 p.m. to vote absentee in his office. "Our regular business hours are from 8 a.m. to noon; we close an hour for lunch and open again at 1 p.m. and stay open until 4 p.m. The day before the election we will stay open until 5 p.m., and the Saturday before the election (Feb. 2) our office will be open for residents to vote absentee from 8 a.m. to noon," he said.

Hensley said Oregon County residents can also vote absentee by mail. "They have to contact our office and give a reason why they need an absentee ballot, the party ballot needed and, if they are living at a different address, we need their correct address," the county clerk said. He said the mailed absentee ballots must be returned to his office by Jan. 30.

Republican party candidates Missouri voters will have to choose from are:

* Ron Paul

* Fred Thompson

* Mitt Romney

* Rudy Giuliani

* John McCain

* Mike Huckabee

* Virgil L.R. Wiles

* Tom Tancredo

* Duncan Hunter

* Hugh Cort

* Alan Keys

* Daniel Gilbert

Democratic party candidates who will appear on the ballot are:

* Hilary Clinton

* Barack Obama

* John Edwards

* Ralph Spelbring

* Dennis J. Kucinich

* Bill Richardson

* Mike Gravel

Libertarian party candidates are:

* Wayne A. Root

* Daniel Imperato

* George Phillies

* Michael P. Jingozian

* Steve Kubby

* Dave Hollist

Republican and Democratic party members will caucus Feb. 28 in Oregon County. There is no organized Libertarian party committee in Oregon County.

David Crews serves as the Republican party chairman in Oregon County and Dale Johnson serves as the Democratic party chairman in the county.



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