OREGON COUNTY -- The last day to register to vote in the Nov. 4 general election is Oct. 10.
Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley said absentee voting in the county began Sept. 23. Area residents voting absentee in person, at the clerks office, will have until Nov. 3 to vote. The clerk will not be able to mail out any absentee ballots after Oct. 29 but will receive absentee ballots in the mail until the post office closes election day.
The clerks office will be open Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. to noon to accommodate anyone who cannot vote absentee during the normal work week.
"As chief election official of this county I can't stress enough how important it is to have your proof of identity when you go to the polls to vote," Hensley said. This could be a voter registration card, a utility bill, a bank statement. "The address on your proof of identity has to match your address on the poll book," he said.
If anyone has moved from one area of the county to another area their polling place may have changed. They need to contact the county clerks office and make sure they know where to vote. "If people are not at the right polling place it slows down the voting process," Hensley said. This has to be done prior to Oct. 31. He said anyone with any questions about voter registration can call his office at 778-7475.
Polls will open Nov. 4 at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
Polling places in the county and where they are located are:
* Big Apple, Koshkonong City Hall.
* Cedar Bluff/Myrtle, Myrtle Senior Citizen Center.
* Couch/Jeff, Pleasant Hill Church.
* Highland, Shilo Baptist Church.
* Jobe Billmore, Cotton Creek Church.
* Johnson Ozark, BB Community Building.
* King/Woodside, Courthouse Basement.
* Moore/ Blackpond, Thomasville Community Center.
* Piney 1, Piney 1 South, Alton Assembly of God Church.
* Piney 2, Piney 2 North, Alton VFW Building.
* Thayer 1, Thayer Church of Christ.
* Thayer 2, Thayer Church of Christ.
The only contested local race that will be on the ballot will be for the Northern District Commissioners seat. Two men are seeking that position, Edward Casey who is running as a Republican and Brad Vest who is running as a Democrat.
The Oregon County Ambulance District will have an issue on the ballot. The ballot language reads, "Shall the Oregon County Ambulance District mediatorially reduce the district's property tax levy by imposing a sales tax up to one-half of one percent for the purpose of providing revenues for operation of the Oregon County Ambulance District and thereby the total property tax levy on property within the district shall be reduced annually by an amount which reduces property tax revenues equal to 50 percent of the previous year's sales tax revenue collected from this sales tax? The property tax for the Ambulance District in all likelihood will be eliminated by the adoption of this proposal." Voters will be asked to vote yes or no on the issue.
The election ballots will run in The South Missourian News for two weeks prior to the election.