OREGON COUNTY -- Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley is urging voters who may have moved or changed their names to update their voter registration soon. "This is a move that will help alleviate problems later on," he said.
Election officials across the state are expecting a high voter turnout for the November election. Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan said she thinks 80 percent of the voters in the state may turnout for the fall election.
Hensley said he feels the same and also thinks there will be a high voter turnout in Oregon County for the Aug. 5 primary. "We will have several positions open on the primary ballot including a sheriff's race and several candidates running for northern district commissioner," Hensley said.
He said 70 to 80 percent of the population of the county are registered voters.
Residents in the county who need to vote absentee for the primary may do so through Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. at the clerk's office. Absentee ballots that are mailed must be in the clerk's office by July 30.
"If a person writes requesting an absentee ballot they need to specify what party ballot they want," he said.
On election day the voting process can be delayed by residents who have registered but have moved to another area of the county and have not changed their information. Residents in the county will have to vote at the polling place that matches their address.
There are 12 voting precincts in Oregon County and 52 election workers will be needed at those polling places.
Hensley said it is a big job to train poll workers for election day. "My staff and I conducted two hours of judge's training last February. They were taught how to use the optical voting scanner and the touch scanner which is for handicapped people," he said.
The average age for poll workers nationwide and in Missouri is 72, according to Carnahan.
Hensley said as his office has gone to voting machines some of the older poll workers in the county are stepping down and he is trying to find younger workers who are more comfortable using technical equipment.
Anyone that might be interested in becoming an election judge can contact Hensley at his office in Alton by calling 417-778-7475.