OREGON COUNTY -- Besides there being several candidates on the November General Election ballot, Oregon County Clerk Gary Hensley said there will be nine other issues voters across the state and in Oregon County will be voting on.
"It is very important voters allow themselves enough time to cast their ballot. For the next two weeks, sample ballots will be printed in the The South Missourian News. I advise all voters to look over the ballots before entering the polling booths," Hensley said.
There has been a larger absentee vote in the county than Hensley has seen in past years.
"We have had a lot more interest and a lot more phone calls," he said.
Statewide, election officials are projecting a 75 to 80 percent voter turnout. "Our last General Election in 2004, 66 percent of Oregon County voters went to the polls. I am predicting a 70 to 75 percent voter turnout here in Oregon County," he said.
Hensley said he has registered many new voters in the county. He said he is still getting calls concerning voter registration which ended Oct. 8.
Oregon County residents can still vote absentee in person at the clerk's office through Nov. 3 at 5 p.m. Hensley can still mail absentee ballots in the mail until Oct. 29 by 4 p.m.
All returned absentee voter ballots must be notarized. Hensley said this can be done at any attorney's office or bank.
"Our office will be open the Saturday before the election, Nov. 1, from 8 a.m. until noon, to accommodate those who work or have not been able to vote absentee," he said.
Hensley said as of Oct. 15, he has had more than 100 absentee voters vote. "They are taking longer to vote, so people need to be prepared when they come to the polls," he said.
"I have said it before, but I just want to remind Oregon County voters how important it is to have a proper I.D. when they go to vote. If they don't have a voter registration card, they can bring a driver's license or electric bill. Their current address must match their voter identification," Hensley said.
Polls will open in Oregon County Nov. 4 at 6 a.m. and close at 7 p.m.
For more information regarding the upcoming election, call Hensley at 417-778-7475.